LNG is gaining ground as a marine fuel

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is gaining popularity as a fuel for shipping. The Port of Rotterdam Authority reports that it is enthusiastic about this development. LNG is regarded as a cleaner alternative to fuel oil. According to the port, LNG is still the only scalable and affordable alternative.

9 LNG bunker ships are now sailing in the port of Rotterdam, 3 of which are permanently moored in the port. According to the Port Authority, the arrival of the new ships powered by LNG supports the aim of being an important hub for the import, export, storage and bunkering of LNG.

On Thursday, 12 November, CMA CGM’s new container ship Jacques Saade container bunkered 18,000 cubic metres of LNG. An operation that took about 16 hours. The Jacques Saade is the first ship powered by LNG with a capacity of more than 23,000 containers on board. Earlier this year, an LNG-powered crane ship and an LNG-powered cruise ship arrived in Rotterdam for the first time.

Source: ANP

Picture by Port of Rotterdam.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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