The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest bunkering port, as well as one of the top three bunkering ports worldwide. Every year, some 11 million m3 of bunker fuel is supplied to vessels in Rotterdam. In Rotterdam, every imaginable fuel can be obtained in huge quantities: from HFO to bio fuels. In addition, Rotterdam is the first port in Europe where ships can bunker LNG (liquefied natural gas).
With five oil refineries and a wide range of available oil products, the port of Rotterdam is an attractive port to call on for ships that need to refuel. And moreover, since Rotterdam is a location for price-setting, bunker oil in the Dutch hub is cheaper than in most other ports. A large number of suppliers work from the port of Rotterdam, guaranteeing swift, reliable and safe bunkering at the best rates. Rotterdam Port Information lists a variety of bunkering service providers active in the Dutch port.
The bunkering process in Rotterdam
Sea-going vessels can continue to load and unload cargo when they bunker at one of Rotterdam’s terminals. In addition to bunkering at a terminal, it is also possible to bunker at one of the special public transhipment facilities (buoys and dolphins). At one specific dolphin set, LNG transhipment has priority over other forms of cargo handling. Calandkanaal offers mooring for vessels with draughts of up to 21 metres and a maximum length of 380 metres.
Flexible and efficient bunkering at Rotterdam’s buoys and dolphins
Ships of all sizes can moor at Rotterdam’s buoys and dolphins – 24 hours a day. Among other things, vessels can call on these mooring facilities for bunkering, repairs, cleaning and lay-by.Read on about buoys and dolphins
Quality and sustainability are top priority
Deliveries in the port are safe, efficient and ecologically responsible, and are handled by some 180 different (often double-hull) bunker ships. The largest vessels can transport over 13,000 tonnes at a time. As the organisation responsible for the port’s maritime management, the Port Authority ensures that the bunker fuel is transferred safely and correctly. A bunkering checklist helps suppliers to choose the right approach. At the same time, the Port Authority is a strong advocate of optimising bunkering lead times. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (a division of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) regularly inspects operations on behalf of the Dutch government.
As a port, the only way to create room for further growth is to become a clean port. The Port Authority works to encourage more sustainable shipping. That is why the Port Authority is stimulating new, sustainable developments in the bunker sector – and taking the lead wherever possible. One of our initiatives in this area is encouraging the transition from HFO to LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a shipping fuel. Since 2011, vessels calling on Rotterdam can bunker LNG from a truck in Seinehaven. The Port Authority expects that in 2017, Rotterdam will gain a dedicated LNG bunker ship that allows sea-going vessels to take in LNG on the water.
Increase the reliability of the bunkering sector
Since April 2013 a sectorwide cooperation between the Port Authority, the Association of Dutch Tank Storage Companies (Votob), the Association of the Dutch Petroleum Industry (VNPI) and the NOVE (energy suppliers) is active. These partners develop even more safeguards for the quality and quantity of bunker deliveries in Rotterdam. Among other measures, this involves providing clarity as to which substances are not allowed in the supplied bunker oil. In addition, we are working to increase transparency and efficiency in the bunkering process. Select the link below to download up-to-date information on Rotterdam as a bunkering port.
Ships powered by biofuel
The port of Rotterdam is presently the scene of a two-year pilot project undertaken by GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis and Wärtsilä. These three companies are working together to offer ships the option of powering their engines with biofuel.