Skangas said that the first ever bunkering station for liquefied natural gas in the Nordics is open and operating.
The new bunkering station in the Risavika port fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries powered exclusively by LNG, the company informed in a statement.
Loading arm is a well-known method of transferring cargo for large oil and LNG terminals. According to Skangas, this is the first loading arm ever developed purely for bunkering. LNG ships have normally been bunkered via hose connections from a truck or a tank.
Widely recognized as a safer transfer method, a loading arm can provide a much higher rate of transfer. The coupling and de-coupling procedures are faster and more efficient, and monitoring of the operation is much easier. Overall, it provides a better solution for both the supplier and the offtaker of LNG, Skangas said.
Looking ahead, Risavika Havn and Skangas will develop yet another quay in Risavika for LNG bunkering.
David Ottesen, CEO of Risavika Havn said “At Risavika Havn, we believe that LNG is poised to play an important part of the future fuel mix in the maritime sector.”
In 2015, LNG bunkering is estimated to reach approximately 35,000 tons in the Port of Risavika. Skangas CEO, Tor Morten Osmundsen said the company expects increasing demand for LNG to fuel ships in the coming years.