Sweden: LNG Bunkering Vessel Named in Stockholm

The world’s first fuelling vessel for LNG (liquefied natural gas) was last week christened in Stockholm, Sweden.

“In the spring of 2012, the Swedish government decided to support what was then a TEN-T request for an LNG fuelling vessel. One year later, the ship is christened and constitutes an additional component in a competitive maritime shipping with quality, safety and a strong environmental profile“, said the Swedish Minister of Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd.

The LNG fuelling vessel, Seagas, is the first in the world of its kind, and is classified under the same regulations that apply to oceangoing LNG-tankers. The fuelling vessel will supply 60-70 tons of LNG to M/S Viking Grace, the new cruise-ship of Viking Line, when the ship is moored at Stadsgården in Stockholm, on a daily basis. The fuelling process takes just under an hour and is done from ship to ship through a completely new way of bunkering fuel.

The fuelling vessel will supply 60-70 tons of LNG to M/S Viking Grace, the new cruise-ship of Viking Line, when the ship is moored at Stadsgården in Stockholm, on a daily basis. The fuelling process takes just under an hour and is done from ship to ship through a completely new way of bunkering fuel.

The fuelling process takes just under an hour and is done from ship to ship through a completely new way of bunkering fuel. Seagas is stationed at Loudden in Stockholm.

“LNG implies major environmental benefits, in comparison to traditional maritime fuel. It is gratifying that we, thanks to the LNG-terminal in Nynäshamn and our purpose-built fuelling vessel, Seagas, can contribute to the infrastructure solution that enables M/S Viking Grace to bunker LNG from ship to ship in the port of Stockholm”, said Jan Bäckvall, CEO, AGA AB.
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