Rotterdam: Hub for LNG-distribution

Rotterdam is dedicated to ensure it can function as a hub for the distribution of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) for bunkering and industrial application in Europe. Together with several parties, including Shell and Gate Terminal, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is working on a transition which will result in LNG becoming the shipping industry’s main fuel. This means that, among other things, the Port of Rotterdam is helping to solve the problems related to the reduction of harmful emissions in the SECA zones. The European Committee has acknowledged the need for a transition to cleaner fuels and has, therefore, invested in a diverse range of LNG projects with TEN-T and CEF-subsidies, some of which are being undertaken in the Port of Rotterdam. The establishment of the LNG Breakbulk Facility at Gate (Yukon port next to the Euromax terminal (port number 9850)) is an example of this. This new section of the Gate-terminal will officially be brought into use at the end of November 2016. However, in September 2016, the first LNG-tanker arrived in the Yuko port; this was the Coral Methane, part of the Anthony Veder fleet, chartered by Shell.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority stimulates the use of LNG in various ways. From October 2016 onwards, any cruise ship docking at a Rotterdam quay will be granted access to LNG for its own use. The Port Authority is also giving a discount on port charges to any shipping companies that use LNG as fuel. In addition, the Port Authority has adjusted the port regulations to ensure the development of LNG applications in the port and it is investing in infrastructure within an LNG-facility, for board-board-transfer and bunkering alongside dolphins 83 in the Caland Canal. The latter is being co-financed by the European Union.

In August 2016, Ternsund, a Norwegian ship and one of the first seaborne vessels to bunker LNG, arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. Currently, Shell is having its first LNG bunker ship built and, as of 2017, the Port of Rotterdam will be its home port. This vessel will load LNG from its new berth at the LNG Breakbulk facility in the Yukon port.

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