Gasum completes its first cruise liner ship-to-ship LNG bunkering

LNG bunkering of Costa Smeralda; Image courtesy of Gasum

The Nordic energy company Gasum’s first ship-to-ship bunkering involving a cruise ship took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard during November 2019.

Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel Coralius conducted ship-to-ship bunkering to Carnival Corporation’s cruise ship Costa Smeralda.

Costa Smeralda is the first cruise ship in a series of newbuilds at Meyer Turku with LNG propulsion.

LNG is the cleanest available marine fuel, and it’s rapidly becoming the most commonly used alternative to traditional fuels.

The use of LNG significantly improves local air quality as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent, and it meets all the current and forthcoming regulations set out by the International Maritime Organisation and the EU.

Gasum’s bunker vessel Coralius began operating in 2017, and at the beginning of 2019 it celebrated its 100th bunkering.

It mainly operates in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area and ensures the security of supply to the frontrunners in LNG propulsion.

Jacob Granqvist, sales director of LNG marine at Gasum, said: “Coralius allows us to perform ship-to-ship bunkering to different types of vessels. We are happy that this now includes a cruise ship. It is always a proud moment when we can deliver our product and make maritime transportation cleaner.

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