Shell, the global energy producer, has already safely completed more than 250 LNG bunkering operations around the world, including in France, the Netherlands and Norway, in 2022.

LNG bunkering is similar to traditional ship fuel bunkering operations that already occur in Gibraltar, which is one of the biggest ship bunkering locations in Europe.

According to the company, during an LNG bunkering operation, LNG is supplied to ships through a hose from one ship to another (known as a ship-to-ship transfer).

At Shell, this is completed from a smaller ship known as an LNG bunker vessel. The bunker vessel is usually filled with LNG from an LNG terminal, and then moored alongside the vessel that will receive the LNG. A hose is connected between the two ships to transfer the LNG from one vessel to another. The length of time the LNG transfer takes is dependent on the size of the receiving vessel.


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LNG is cleaner than traditional marine fuels, producing lower emissions of particulates, such as sulphur, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, than both diesel and heavy fuel oil. LNG is likely to remain the cleanest, affordable alternative to traditional marine fuels available in meaningful volumes in the coming decades. It is proven, safe and has a strong track record as a fuel.

To remind, recently Shell, using its Q4000 bunker barge, filled the Seaboard Blue with LNG prior to its inaugural southbound sailing to Honduras and Guatemala in Port of Miami.

Last month, Shell and Hapag-Lloyd have announced the signing of a multi-year agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Hapag-Lloyd’s ultra large dual-fuel container vessels of 23,500+ twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

Source: Safety4sea


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