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LNG bunkering vessel delivered to ENGIE

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ENGIE, Fluxys, Mitsubishi Corp., and NYK have announced that they have taken delivery of the world’s first purpose built LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd.

The LBV, named ENGIE Zeebrugge, will run on LNG for her maiden voyage, after a few days of loading LNG delivered by trucks at the shipyard.

Zeebrugge in Belgium will be the home port of the 5000 m3 LNG capacity vessel. The LBV will supply LNG as a marine fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe. The two LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) operated by United European Car Carriers will be its first customers.

ENGIE Zeebrugge will load LNG at Fluxys’ LNG terminal in Zeebrugge, where small carriers with capacities from 2000 m3 can dock at the recently commissioned second jetty.

ENGIE Zeebrugge marks a milestone in the development of the European LNG bunkering chain. While LNG-fuelled ships up to now have been largely dependent on fixed bunker locations or the limited bunkering capacity of LNG trailers, ENGIE Zeebrugge has been designed to service a variety of LNG-fuelled ships.

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