The Port of Rotterdam is the European import, (re)export and regasification hub for Liquefied Natural Gas. Since 2011 LNG-tankers can transship their cargo to three storage tanks at the Gate terminal. After regasification, LNG is transported through pipelines from these tanks to the Dutch and European natural gas network. But LNG also has a huge potential as a clean fuel for shipping and heavy freight transport by road.
Liquefied Natural Gas
LNG stands for Liquefied Natural Gas. It is a natural gas that is converted to liquid by cooling it down to minus 162 degrees Celsius. This results in a decrease of volume with a factor 600, making it more suitable for storage and transportation. LNG can be used -like natural gas- as a feedstock or energy source and more recently the application of LNG as a fuel has become better known.
Vessels that use LNG have no emission of sulfur and fine dust and they emit less carbon dioxide and nitrogen compared to vessels that sail on conventional shipping fuels. This new fuel is also considerably cheaper than heavy fuel oil and engines of LNG fueled vessels are less noisy and need less maintenance.
All these great advantages over regular shipping fuels can’t be ignored. That is why the Port of Rotterdam Authority, together with national and international partners, has been working towards a complete supply chain for LNG as a fuel since 2011. Major steps have been made. Regulations have been put in place, the necessary infrastructure is being installed and the number of vessels running on LNG is steadily rising.
And with new emission regulations for ships coming into force in the SECA region on 1 January 2015, LNG becomes even more attractive as a fuel alternative, since vessels running on LNG comply with the new sulfate restrictions. In addition, the Port of Rotterdam Authority stimulates sustainable shipping with incentives. Sea going vessels and barges with a Green Award certificate or a high score in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), receive a discount on the port dues.
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