12NOV2019 - NEWS - Rotterdam LNG bunkering surges again

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The use of LNG to fuel ships, or LNG bunkering, in Europe’s largest port of Rotterdam nearly doubled in the third quarter, compared to just the previous three months, to 11,075t, latest data from the port authority shows. Volumes have risen substantially this year as the marine industry begins a shift to less polluting fuels.

Rotterdam’s throughput in the first nine months of this year of 22,747t of LNG for bunkering is more than double the volumes seen in the previous three years combined, as the shipping industry increasingly begins to use LNG as part of its response to January’s IM0 2020 regulations change.

The Port of Rotterdam, which in 2013 was Europe’s first port to permit regulated LNG bunkering services, is an obvious first mover, as it is one of the world’s largest bunkering ports and has the large-scale Gate LNG facility on site. It targets LNG bunkering volumes of 30,000t this year, a 300pc year-on-year increase and a figure that it might even exceed, says the port’s business manager for LNG, Maud Eijgendaal. By 2025-30 she predicts LNG bunkering in the port to hit 1mn t/yr.

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