LNG as a fuel for vessels and trucks

LNG is an attractive alternative fuel for seagoing vessels, inland vessels and trucks. The port of Rotterdam is a strong supporter of LNG and is playing a pioneering role in its introduction. When liquefied natural gas is used as a fuel, fewer polluting substances are emitted. For that reason, vessels using LNG as a fuel comply with the emission standards (SECA) for the maritime sector in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, which were tightened in 2015, without the need for additional measures.

Advantages of LNG as a fuel:

  • Lower emission of particulates, sulphur and nitrogen oxides and CO2
  • Meets the more stringent emission standards (SECA)
  • LNG-powered engines require less maintenance
  • LNG-powered engines are much quieter
  • Cheaper than petroleum-based fuels
  • Higher energy value than other fossil fuels
  • Incentives from the Port of Rotterdam Authority

Regulations for LNG bunkering

Rotterdam is the leader in Europe for the introduction of LNG as a fuel. The port takes a leading role in adapting the regulations and creating the necessary infrastructure and in doing so also serves as an example for other ports. Since 2014, the Port Management By-Laws of the port of Rotterdam have changed, making Rotterdam the first port where ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of seagoing vessels is officially allowed. Truck-to-ship bunkering of inland vessels was already possible before that.

Discounts for LNG tankers and seagoing vessels

LNG tankers of at least 20,000 tonnes DWT with a Green Award Certificate qualify for a 6 per cent discount on seaport dues paid. Seagoing vessels with a score of 31.0 points or more in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) can receive a 10 per cent discount.

Harbour dues sea

Discounts for inland vessels

A discount on the basic inland port dues applies to clean inland vessels. LNG-powered vessels with a valid Green Award Certificate qualify for a discount of 15 to 30 per cent.

Gate terminal, lng terminal, lng breakbulk

Rotterdam LNG fleet

These inland vessels in Rotterdam are already using LNG as a fuel:


Would you like to know more about the use of LNG as a fuel or about the incentive programmes and incentives? Please contact:

Maud Eijgendaal
Business manager Renewable Fuels & Chemicals

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