Gate terminal has announced the expansion of the LNG terminal at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. With this expansion, Gate terminal now has a third berth and new special infrastructure for the loading of small LNG vessels.
These small LNG vessels will enable distribution to LNG terminals in other North Sea and Baltic ports where large LNG tankers are prohibited to deliver directly due to their draught.
In conjunction with LNG bunker vessels, the new berth will in future also make it easier for ocean-going vessels to fill up with LNG in Rotterdam. As with other kinds of maritime fuel, LNG can be pumped on board large ocean-going vessels using bunker vessels. These can now be loaded at Gate terminal, which receives LNG from large LNG tankers that arrive from several global origins. The use of LNG as a maritime fuel is being encouraged by the European Union, the Dutch government and the Port of Rotterdam because of its more environmentally-friendly properties.
Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow & Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said, “The latest extension in Gate terminal is a prime example of the vision and commitment needed to build the necessary steps in building [a] feasible LNG story for marine customers. The timing in opening the facility could hardly be better suited to match with the momentum in the market for accelerated interest for cleaner ship fuel."
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