LNG Bunkering: First Italian Truck- to-Ship Operation
The Port of Civitavecchia has become the first port to perform Truck to Ship bunkering of LNG to a seagoing vessel within an Italian coastal port or any port in Italy and this part of the Mediterranean, say LNGEurope.
The tugboat Bokn owned by Buksér og Berging AS, was bunkered by LNGEurope at the Port of Civitavecchia (Rome) recently for the Italian sector of her voyage from the Turkish shipbuilder towards final destination, Karsto in Norway. On arrival she will begin a long-term charter to Statoil.
To fuel up on LNG for the delivery voyage, the new tug will also be calling at the ports of Cartagena, Vigo and Zeebrugge.
The LNG fuelling operation was executed by one of LNGEurope’s trailers. The trailer is positioned alongside the ship and connected to the ship’s fuel tank. Truck-to-Ship Bunkering of LNG has been proven to be easy, flexible, safe and cost effective, claim LNGEurope.
This first Truck to Ship bunkering at Civitavecchia was prepared and planned in cooperation with the Civitavecchia Port Authority, the Harbor Master, the Fire Fighting Department, ConferenzaGNL, and Wilhelmsen Ships Agency – Genova Head Office.
Calogero Giuseppe Burgio, Environmental & Technological Development Division, Director of Port of Civitavecchia: “This LNG bunkering operation is of the greatest importance to the port of Civitavecchia. Firstly, we show that we are in the fore front of developments and secondly we are proud to have the first LNG truck-to-ship bunkering in Italy. ”
The Company, founded in 2008, delivers LNG for road transport, shipping and industry. It focuses on developing LNG fuelling stations for trucks and LNG bunker facilities for the shipping industry in European main land, while sister company ENNCleanEnergy serves UK.