LNG SHIPPING: LNG ship-to-ship bunkering by Nauticor in Brunsbüttel's Elbe port. "Kairos" bunkers "Scheldt River"
BUNKER SHIP KAIROS ONCE AGAIN SUPPLIES LNG (LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS) TO THE SCHELDT RIVER CARGO HOLD EXCAVATOR IN BRUNSBÜTTEL'S ELBE PORT BY SHIP-TO-SHIP TRANSFER.
LNG demand is continuously increasing.
The German premiere took place on October 04, 2019 in Brunsbüttel's Elbe port. The largest LNG bunker ship in the world belonging to the Nauticor company had supplied the DEME group's Scheldt River cargo suction dredger with a total of 300 m³ of low-emission LNG fuel.
It was the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in German waters and was considered a milestone for the establishment of LNG as a marine fuel. After the successful premiere, the pictures are similar today, because again the two ships used the Brunsbüttel Elbe port for LNG ship-to-ship refueling.
During the bunker process, the Kairos bunker ship lies alongside the Scheldt River moored at the pier. The LNG is then pumped from the Kairos hold into the tanks of the Scheldt River via connecting hoses.
In today's bunker operation, the Scheldt River absorbed around 490 m³ of LNG within 1.5 hours. This corresponds to the equivalent of approx. 13 truckloads that would otherwise have had to be transported by road to Brunsbüttel from the Netherlands or Belgium in a truck-to-ship bunkering, since Germany does not yet have its own LNG terminal.
By using the bunker ship Kairos, the LNG bunkering could be carried out more ecologically, economically and time-efficiently.
DUE TO THE STRONG REDUCTION IN EMISSIONS COMPARED TO CONVENTIONAL MARINE FUELS, LNG IS PARTICULARLY ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.
With the use of LNG, a large number of emissions, in particular of sulfur, nitrogen, soot particles and also carbon dioxide, can be significantly reduced.
A large number of the ships currently under construction or commissioned from shipyards will have engines powered by LNG.
THE LOADER EXCAVATOR, WHICH BELONGS TO THE DEME GROUP, IS CURRENTLY CARRYING OUT WORK ON THE LOWER ELBE BETWEEN CUXHAVEN AND WEDEL.
Further regular LNG ship-to-ship bunkering of the Scheldt River through the Kairos is planned in the coming weeks.