First STS transfer of LNG to a product tanker

Apr 18 2019

On 15th April, 2019, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel (BSV) ‘Kairos’ transferred LNG in a ship-to-ship (STS) bunker operation to a product tanker.

‘Fure Valö’, operated by the Gothia Tanker Alliance, received LNG at the Sandhamn anchorage, near Stockholm.


The bunker operation was the first offshore STS operation to be conducted by the 117 m long BSV.


This operation was conducted under an agreement to supply LNG, which was signed at the end of 2018 by Furetank Rederi, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, and Nauticor.


The agreement covers the supply of LNG from the ‘Kairos’ to the LNG-fuelled product tankers, owned and operated by members of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, including the retrofitted product tanker ‘Fure West’ and six newbuilding vessels, one of them being ‘Fure Valö’.


Lars Höglund, Furetank Managing Director, pointed out the importance of a strong LNG supply infrastructure: “By using LNG as fuel for our vessels, we have significant potential to reduce the impact on the environment through lower emissions and minimising noise. To be able to use that potential, we rely on a comprehensive LNG supply network. We are glad to see that the recent start of operations with Nauticor’s ‘Kairos’ massively contributes to that network and makes LNG available at more locations, eg in the Baltic Sea.


”By using LNG, a wide range of emissions, especially sulfur, nitrogen,and particle matters, as well as carbon dioxide, can be significantly reduced,” he said.


Mahinde Abeynaike, Nauticor CEO, added,“We are proud to provide Furetank with a state-of-the-art ship-to-ship LNG fuelling solution. LNG is becoming a fuel for all segments in the shipping sector, including not only passenger traffic but also tankers and other cargo vessels.


“We are determined to be a partner providing highest quality standards and cost-efficient LNG supply solutions for shipping companies that take the decision to use LNG as a bunker fuel.”


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