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Dual-fuel tanker refuelled with bio gas

Wed 27 Jun 2018 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

Dual-fuel tanker refuelled with bio gas
Fure Vinga takes on bio gas fuel in Gothenburg

Dual-fuelled Fure Vinga was delivered in April this year, and is one of two vessels in the Furetank fleet powered by liquefied gas. The second is Fure West, which was also supplied fuel by Skangas. Furetank is a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance.

Scandinavian bunker provider Skangas supplied liquefied biogas (LBG) – a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel – to the vessel in Gothenburg. The Swedish LBG was delivered to Fure Vinga from Skangas’ parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping.

The fuelling took place at the port of Gothenburg, transferring the fuel directly from a tanker truck to the ship.

“Running vessels on liquefied natural gas is our contribution to a more environmentally friendly environment. We will, however, contribute by increasing the sustainability. Using liquefied biogas was a natural step in this direction,” explains Furetank chief executive Lars Höglund.

“No doubt LBG will be a clear option for us. It is proven by this operation that it can be available from our existing LNG supplier and not least with the same quality as our current LNG fuel”, he concluded.

“This is the first time we are supplying LBG to a marine customer. However, it will not be the last”, said Skangas sales and marketing director Tommy Mattila. “To be increasingly greener with the renewable biogas is possible because we use the same infrastructure that we’ve built throughout northern Europe. This mean that LNG and LBG will continue to walk hand-in-hand as the availability of LBG on the market is on the rise.”

According to Skangas, LNG and LBG mainly consist of methane gas, so the existing LNG supply infrastructure can be used without any modifications, including the same trucks, ships, tanks and marine filling stations for both products.

 

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