The 110-metre long ships are ‘single fuel’: not just a first for Shell in the Netherlands but also for the inland waterway shipping industry.
The two tankers will sail between Rotterdam and Basel, representing the next step towards more sustainable inland shipping. LNG is a significantly cleaner fuel than the traditional fuel oil or diesel.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority strives for a cleaner port and the underlying logistics. Although detailed legislation and regulations concerning LNG are still being developed, the Port Authority already provides a safe location for bunkering the liquefied natural gas at its quay in the Seinehaven.
For a good year now it has been possible to bunker at a controlled test bunker station for inland shipping. The Harbour Master’s Division of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is responsible for the supervision.