Dear business friends,
End of December we’ve sent out our analysis that the adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel is beyond the tipping point. While this looked very exciting in the spreadsheets, it did not directly translate into deliveries of physical bunkers. But now in our solstice update we can confirm that the new era of LNG as a marine fuel has started.
We’ve been supporting the commissioning of LNG fuelled vessels frequently and are servicing more and more vessels. Furthermore, the Fure Vinga called the Port of Amsterdam during her maiden voyage to prove our point. This new Fure vessel is a 150m long product tanker, owned by Furetank Rederi. The vessel is the first of a 6 ship strong armada of next generation climate smart tankers currently under construction. All these ships are LNG powered and will be arriving in Europe over the coming months. During her port stay we bunkered the Fure Vinga successfully at the Groene Kade in Amsterdam with 4 trucks. This is by now a routine operation for us.
Meanwhile we are also busy on our new building front. We are on schedule with the construction of our first LNG bunkering pontoon, the FlexFueler, which will be ready to bunker vessels alongside by the end of this year. We are also working on increasing the efficiency of truck-to-ship operations together with our haulers like Nijman/Zeetank. The growing number of LNG trailers means that we can deliver more volume 24/7.
We are looking forward to the second half of this year and feel that we are in a good position to serve our customers and grow our market share as an independent supplier next to the majors like Shell and Total.
We are proud to be contributing to the acceleration of cleaner shipping and wish you all a good summer!