Sleipnir sets LNG bunkering world record in Rotterdam

Heerema’s Sleipnir, the world’s most powerful semi-submersible crane vessel has received the largest LNG bunkering ever completed. Titan LNG organised the bunkering, using the Coral Fraseri, Anthony Veder’s LNG carrier in the Port of Rotterdam.

The total quantity of LNG delivered on 26 March was almost 3300 metric tonnes, making this the largest LNG bunkering to have ever taken place. The delivery took less then twenty-four hours to complete. As a side note, it was said all companies involved followed the strict government guidelines to protect their workforces during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

‘Heerema is proud to have received the world’s largest LNG bunkering,’ says Heerema’s CEO, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven. We are especially pleased that this achievement could take place in our home base of the Port of Rotterdam. The use of LNG on Sleipnir is one of many sustainability measures we have introduced, and we will continue to investigate ways to reduce our impact on the planet.’

Dutch collaboration

Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG, commented that LNG bunkering was becoming a routine operation for the Dutch companies involved because of the excellent cooperation between all parties: ‘Building on our five previous deliveries around the globe, we formulated and safely executed our plan of operation. As Titan LNG, we are proud of this operation in one of our home ports. It was extra special that we could also supply our bunkerbarge, the FlexFueler 001, with cargo from the LNG carrier.’

‘By investing in dedicated LNG vessels since 2009, we have made an essential contribution to the availability of LNG for the power generation and LNG as a marine fuel,’ says Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder. ‘We are therefore proud of this Dutch cooperation in our home port Rotterdam, where we carried out the largest LNG bunker operation with Coral Fraseri. An important step for Rotterdam as an LNG bunkering hub.’

First time in Rotterdam

The Sleipnir arrived at the Port of Rotterdam on Sunday, March 22nd. The vessel came home for the first time following a global campaign.

The vessel has a wide range of sustainability measures. Next to being able to operate on LNG, which considerably reduces harmful emissions, the ship is also fully outfitted with LED-lighting. Additionally it has a hot/cold energy recovery system.

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.