What are the benefits of LNG, who are the LNG suppliers and what are the possibilities of LNG bunkering in the port of Rotterdam? These questions – and more – were answered during the information session Fuelling the Future: LNG, organised by the Port of Rotterdam Authority on April 3rd 2018.
Over 50 representatives from several Shipping Companies and Terminals were informed about the benefits of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and the possibilities of LNG bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam. The number of attendees showed that the cool gas is HOT. With LNG being part of the game, the Port Authority believes that proactive communication is key to bring all relevant stakeholders on the same information level.
In her opening remarks Maud Eijgendaal, business manager LNG at the Port of Rotterdam, explained that with LNG we can start today with our future goals regarding decarbonisation. LNG has the potential of reducing up to 20% CO2 and even more after adding bio components to the mix. Besides, because LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel available it can address challenges around local emissions as well, which is very important for a port.
Stefaan Adriaens, commercial manager at Gate terminal b.v. gave a presentation about the basics of LNG and explained to the audience that LNG has an excellent safety track record and is not to be confused with LPG: Liquid Petroleum Gas. ‘Our shared goal is to limit pollution. LNG is acceptable, available and affordable.’ And the most important thing: if you want your ships to sail on LNG: ‘You are not alone. There are plenty of suppliers and terminals around the world that can offer LNG.’
Sea News, April 11