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A first in Emden – LNG ship-to-ship refueling

EMDEN. For the first time ever, an LNG bunker process has taken place from ship to ship in Emden on the Siem Confucius. Around 1,500 metric tonnes of the minus 163 degrees Celsius cold LNG was transferred from the bunker ship Engie Zeebrugge to the 200 metre long vehicle transporter. Ships powered by LNG have been able to refuel on the Emspier ship-to-ship since November 2019. Prior to this, the legal basis for approval and the safety concepts had been developed with the fire department, the Waterways and Shipping Office and the Directorate General for Waterways and Shipping. However, the Port of Emden has LNG experience dating back to 2015. The liquefied gas-powered Borkum ferry MS Ostfriesland operated by shipping company AG Ems is bunkered truck-to-ship.
“Modern shipping needs up-to-date services in the ports,” says Holger Banik, managing director of Lower Saxony Ports and the JadeWeserPort implementation company. “I am pleased that at Emden we can offer the shipowners and the port industry the right environment for switching to other fuels.”

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