Netherlands based Titan LNG reports that it has become the first accredited bunkering supplier to fuel a vessel with LNG using an inland waterways barge.
Titan’s FlexFueler 001 carried out the operation June 14, bunkering the Norlines vessel Kvitnos in the Port of Rotterdam.
Norline’s two LNG fueled vessels, Kvitnos an Kvitbjørn, are operated by Samskip, which has a weekly service into Rotterdam and requires a highly reliable LNG supply.
“We focus on economical, efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly transport,” says Paul Wielaars, Samskip’s Trade Manager West Coast Norway. “We’re excited to bunker LNG alongside the terminal. This saves us time as we are no longer dependent on truck to ship operations. Bunkering at the same time as cargo operations take place, can save us up to eight hours”.
Ronald van Selm, Chief Operating Officer at Titan LNG commented: “We are proud the FlexFueler 001 is up and running after she successfully completed her trials. We can now offer safe, reliable and efficient bunkering that resembles conventional bunkering and are ready to serve more LNG powered vessels in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp.”
Titan LNG has two more FlexFueler bunkering barges on order. It will deploy the FlexFueler002, currently under construction and ready by mid 2020, in the Port of Antwerp. Further information on the third barge will be announced in the coming months.