Titan LNG has announced that the FlexFueler001 has successfully performed its first official bunkering operation.
Long-term customer Norlines received the LNG cargo in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. This makes Titan LNG the first accredited LNG bunker supplier able to deliver by inland water barge. The LNG bunker permit for Rotterdam and the overall LNG bunkering accreditation were granted in May 2019 by an experienced IAPH audit team.
The FlexFueler001 is just one in a series of vessels, with the FlexFueler002 currently under construction and scheduled for completion by mid-2020 in the Port of Antwerp. Titan LNG saysthat the third barge will be announced in the coming months. Samskip, operator of the LNG-powered Norlines Vessels – the Kvitnos and the Kvitbjørn – has a weekly service into Rotterdam and requires a high reliability of LNG supply.
Paul Wielaars, Trade Manager West Coast Norway, said: “We focus on economical, efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly transport. That’s why we are happy with our partner Titan LNG. We’re excited to bunker LNG alongside the terminal. This saves us time as we are no longer dependent on truck to ship operations. Bunkering at the same time as cargo operations take place, can save us up till 8 hours”.
Ronald van Selm, Chief Operating Officer at Titan LNG, added: “We are proud the FlexFueler001 is up and running after she successfully completed her trials. We can now offer safe, reliable and efficient bunkering that resembles conventional bunkering and are ready to serve more LNG powered vessels in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp.”