Development of Ship-to-Ship Bunkering Solution on Track

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Just six months after Skangas opened the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering station in the Port of Risavika, Norway, the company reached another milestone in its plans to develop bunkering solutions. To complement the Risavika bunkering station, Skangas has been hard at work on its ship-to-ship bunkering solution, which is designed to meet growing demand from the maritime sector of companies that operate in the small-scale LNG business.

Major players join forces to develop ship-to-ship bunkering project

Working with Skangas, Statoil and Tarbit Shipping participated with the product tanker Bit Viking in the ship-to-ship bunkering development project in Risavika. Risk assessments and coordination of procedures were created in cooperation with DNV GL, the Fire Service Department, the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Risavika LNG Production, among others.

Full-scale mooring test

The first step of the project was performed when fenders and mooring arrangements were tested, along with communication protocols. This work provided valuable knowledge for all parties, and contributed to safeguarding future bunkering operations. Completion of the project later this year will culminate in a full scale bunkering operation carried out between Bit Viking and Skangas’s bunkering ship Coral Anthelia in Risavika.

The efficient marine fuel

LNG is the cleanest available marine fuel, one that is rapidly becoming more commonly viewed – and used - as a cost-effective alternative. LNG is suitable for all vessel types, including ferries, passenger ships, tankers, bulk, supply and containerships. LNG offers several benefits by reducing local pollution and the global environment. Switching to LNG completely removes SOx and particles, and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%.  In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. Use of LNG as marine fuel also results in compliance with current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations.   

Making LNG bunkering available

For the maritime industry, ship-to-ship bunkering has been a long sought after requirement. The method provides great flexibility as to where the ships can bunker. Plus, significantly higher transmission rates make the bunkering operation more efficient. For fulfilling market needs, the new Skangas LNG bunker and feeder ship Coralius will be delivered during first quarter 2017. The design has been optimized for safe and reliable bunkering operations.