For the first time in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) and UK’s LNG provider Flogas partnered to bunker MV Ireland with liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Managing Director at Flogas, Lee Gannon, said, “There is great potential for LNG in the maritime industry as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional oil-based bunker fuels, but until now this potential has remained untapped here in the UK.”
To add to this, Mark Frith, Port Manager for ABP Immingham and Grimsby, added, “We are proud to be a key part of this flagship operation, which has really put the UK on the map as the latest European hub for more climate-friendly bunkering. Demand is already beginning to shift away from oil across the international fleet, and we very much see natural gas taking its place as the marine fuel of choice. We look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of ships to Immingham as a result of our new and unique offering in partnership with Flogas.”
The joint venture between UK LNG provider Flogas and UK port operator ABP marks a significant step forward for maritime bunkering in the UK, as it means ships from across the globe will now have direct access to LNG.
At present, only a limited number of ships bunker with LNG. However, demand is expected to grow rapidly as environmental regulations increasingly prohibit the use of polluting heavy fuel oils. Both Flogas and ABP see potential to replace thousands of tons of heavy fuel oil each year with cleaner, cost-effective LNG.