LNG has replaced oil products in a variety of industries, which has led to increased competitiveness and reduced emissions.
LNG is liquefied natural gas, a clear, colourless, non-toxic liquid that forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). This shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier to store and ship to markets and regions that are not linked to gas network.
Demand for LNG on the rise in Nordics Marine Market. Skangas today announced that it completed 1,000 liquid natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations in 2017, representing more than 60% increase over previous years.
Why the increase? According to Skangas, the driving force behind this rise rests in supply to new vessels both in regular routes and in tramp/spot market. The market has been waiting for the LNG bunkering vessels, which is the practice of delivering LNG to ships to use as fuel for their own consumption.
“As more and more operators convert their ships to clean fuel with LNG and dual-fuelled engines to power them, demand has risen significantly,” said Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager - Marine for Skangas. “This is particularly true in European waters where, until recently, most of the traffic consisted of ferries and RoPax cruise ferries routinely traveling set routes. Today, the supply pattern is more diverse due to the use of a greater variety of vessels, that require different types of bunkering solutions. And we are responding directly by offering a number of solutions for this market.”
LNG is the cleanest available marine fuel; one that is rapidly becoming more commonly 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 and global pollution. Switching to LNG completely removes SOx and particulates, and reduces NOx emissions by up to 85%. In addition, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20%. Use of LNG as marine fuel result in compliance with current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations.
Anticipating the marine market’s desire to convert to cleaner fuels, Skangas has made a concerted effort to make LNG more accessible. In addition to expanding infrastructure and improving bunkering techniques, the company put its new customized bunker-feeder vessel Coralius into operation in 2017, ushering in a new era of efficiency in LNG bunkering.
The Coralius, which delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea, has improved the company’s ability to be more flexible and responsive to vessels that require LNG without visiting a terminal or port. Ship-to-ship bunkering is just one of the ways that Skangas supplies LNG. Vessels also easily access LNG directly from the Skangas network of terminals, its production facility near Stavanger, and via truck-to-ship bunkering at seaports throughout the Nordics.
During 2017, the 1,000 LNG bunkering operations were carried out as follows:
As responsible marine transport and shipping companies seek cleaner fuel alternatives to power their fleets, Skangas expects demand for LNG by the marine market to increase significantly during the coming years. “Already, the number of bunkering operations we’ve executed for the marine market is higher than in Q1 2017,” said Helmen. “Clearly, 2018 is set to be another exciting year for Skangas, as we continue to provide readily accessible LNG to industries that operate at sea and onshore throughout the Nordics.”
For further information, contact:
Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager Marine, Skangas, Tananger, Norway
M: +47 475 09 048, E: Gunnar.Helmen@skangas.com
Trude Ravndal, Marketing Communication Manager, Skangas, Tananger, Norway
M: +47 913 01 013, E: Trude.Ravndal@skangas.com
Coral EnergICE, the first LNG carrier holding the Ice Class 1A Super, was named today Thursday 25 January by Aino-Maija Luukkonen, Mayor of Pori, Finland. The naming ceremony took place at the Port of Turku, Finland. The 18,000 cbm LNG vessel had been delivered to its owner, Anthony Veder, by Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany. Coral EnergICE is specially designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea. Skangas operates the vessel in order to bring LNG to Skangas LNG terminal in Pori and the joint venture Manga LNG terminal Tornio in Finland.
The vessel's hull is reinforced to break through one-meter thick ice with the engines and generators designed to give the vessel extra power when sailing through thick ice and harsh winter conditions. Furthermore, this state-of-the art vessel is equipped with a dual fuel engine. It uses LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, making the vessel fully compliant with future emission regulations.
On deck innovations also provide for safe operations. One such example is the cap on deck, which protects the equipment and prevents icing outside. The vessel also has additional shelters on deck with warmer platforms for the crew's feet. Heat tracing on the doors ensures that they will always open, no matter how harsh the conditions might be.
Skangas CEO, Kimmo Rahkamo says "Skangas helps its customers reach their environmental and operational targets by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. The new vessel supports our goal to develop the Nordic LNG infrastructure and gas market. This way, we can offer the end users in the maritime and industry sectors an even more competitive product."
Anthony Veder CEO, Jan Valkier says: "Coral EnergICE is the third LNG carrier we have delivered to our long-term customer Skangas in the past five years. The high-tech vessel is capable of serving the northern Finnish harbor of Tornio all year around, even when temperatures reach as low as -25 Celsius degrees. To ensure that it's a comfortable and friendly place for our crew to work, we engaged an ergonomic engineer to look closely at the accommodation design. I am extremely proud of the end-result."
Neptun Werft Managing Director, Raimon Strunck says: "Following the successful delivery of Coral Energy in 2012, we were delighted that Anthony Veder awarded us the construction of Coral EnergICE. The new vessel's design is based on Coral Energy, enhanced with technological innovations and construction adaptations for extreme cold weather conditions, thereby giving her the 1A Super ice class classification."
Coral EnergICE's construction was funded with the first sustainable shipping loan, fully certified in accordance with the Clean Shipping Index Guidelines by Bureau Veritas, who also verified the sustainable credentials of the transaction.
Compared to other marine fuels, LNG as a marine fuel drastically cuts both sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. It is recognized by the shipping industry as the most viable alternative fuel for the reduction of emissions. Due to the LNG capabilities of Coral EnergICE, the Business Sector's NOx fund has granted support for the development of this vessel.
Main characteristics Coral EnergICE
Length overall: 164 meters
LNG capacity: 18,000 m³
Service speed: 15.5 knots
Ice Class 1A Super, with cold notation
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Skangas: Trude Ravndal, Marketing Communication Manager
T +47 91 30 10 13; E email@example.com
Anthony Veder: Nynke de Bakker, Communications Advisor
T +31 10 40 04 854; E firstname.lastname@example.org
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LNG Company Skangas is a leading supplier of LNG in the Nordic markets. The company provides customers with LNG for shipping, industrial and heavy-duty land transport needs. Skangas helps customers reach their environmental and operational energy goals by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. Skangas is a subsidiary of the Finnish natural energy gas expert, Gasum Ltd (70%) and partly-owned by the Norwegian energy company Lyse (30%). For more information: skangas.com.
About Anthony Veder
Anthony Veder, established in 1937, acquired its first gas tanker in 1969. As an integrated shipping company, it serves long-term customers by offering a safe, reliable and flexible service using a wide range of high quality gas carriers. The group is involved in all segments of gas shipping, from CO2 to ethylene and from LPG to LNG. The company also provides comprehensive and efficient technical and commercial ship management services to third parties. Anthony Veder operates a fleet of more than 30 gas tankers of which seven gas tankers are fueled by LNG. The Rotterdam based shipping company employs over 1000 people. For more information: www.anthonyveder.com.
About Neptun Werft
Neptun Werft is head Neptun Werft is headquartered in Rostock-Warnemünde and was founded in 1850. Since then, Neptun Werft has delivered more than 1.500 new ships and carried out thousands of ship repairs. Today, Neptun Werft is among the market leaders in the river cruise shipbuilding industry. It has approximately 500 experienced employees, trains some 50 trainees in six different professions and is among the most important employers is Rostock. Further information is available at neptunwerft.de.
Borregaard continues their co-operation with Skangas for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and extends the current supply agreement. For the next three years Skangas will remain their main LNG supplier and deliver an increased amount of LNG to Borregaard’s production site in Sarpsborg.
“After four years of delivering LNG to Borregaard we are very happy that they will continue our agreement,” says Kimmo Rahkamo, CEO of Skangas. “Security of supply is one of the key elements for us as an energy provider. A continuous relationship with existing customers is a proof of being a reliable supplier”, he concludes.
Borregaard has decided to upgrade their energy supply for the lignin production by changing from waste oil and liquefied propan gas (LPG) to LNG. A new LNG terminal is being built at their production site. Transferring from oil and LPG to LNG will contribute to a cleaner environment and is a safety improvement.
Using LNG provides significant environmental benefits in terms of emissions to air. For Borregaard particularly the CO2 emissions are reduced considerably. By investing in new environmental measures their annual amount of CO2 reduction is estimated to 14500 tons in addition to reduced Nox emissions by up to 50 tons.
For some industry customers LNG is a large part of the energy consumption. It is important with a safe and reliable supply chain where delivered volumes are delivered at agreed time. Skangas has monthly close to 600 truck deliveries to large industrial corporations across the Nordics. Borregaard will receive their LNG by trucks directly from Skangas’ LNG hub at Øra, close to Fredrikstad.