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Gate terminal expands with a third loading place especially for smaller vessels

Source: transport-online.nl

ROTTERDAM – Gate terminal and its shareholders Gasunie and Vopak are proud to announce that the LNG terminal on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam has been extended with a third loading and special infrastructure for loading smaller LNG vessels. These smaller LNG vessels make distribution possible for LNG terminals in other ports in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea where the great transatlantic LNG tankers can not directly deliver LNG by their depth.

The new pier makes it, in conjunction with LNG bunker vessels in future additionally easier for ships to refuel in Rotterdam LNG. As with the other types of marine fuel LNG can be brought on board ships using bunker ships. These can now be loaded at Gate terminal, where LNG from large tankers coming from various parts of the world. The European Union, the Dutch government and the Port of Rotterdam encourage the use of LNG as a marine fuel because it is an environmentally friendly fuel.

The third loading point is specifically designed for smaller vessels. Gate terminal has two jetties where mostly mooring large LNG tankers to unload their cargo of LNG in the three storage tanks of 180,000 cbm per unit, or by loading directly into another ship. From these tanks the cold LNG (minus 160 degrees Celsius) is pumped through insulated pipes to the new jetty and loaded using two to three special loading arms in the smaller sea-going vessels or bunkering vessels.

The system is fully closed, vapors are collected and fed back to the terminal. The new third loading place smaller parties LNG can be loaded from 1,000 cbm to 20,000 cbm, eventually to expand to 40,000 cbm. The LNG is loaded with a maximum speed of 1000 cbm / h per year, and there may be about 280 (small) vessels to be loaded.

The Port of Rotterdam has developed alongside the Gate terminal, the new Yukon harbor with a length of 255 meters, 150 meters wide and 7.5 meters deep. At the new quay which the third loading point of Gate terminal was built ships can moor up to a length of 180 meters. Moreover, the Port of Rotterdam encourages the use of LNG as a marine fuel by giving discount on port dues.
First customer, Shell has set aside a portion of the capacity for loading of smaller vessels including a bunker ship which is in order. This combination can be very effective in the near future in Rotterdam ships equipped with LNG fuel. In this publication, the views only of the author weergegeven.De European Union is not liable for any use that may be made use of information and publication.

“Thanks to the cooperation with Gasunie, Vopak and Port of Rotterdam we can now provide special and scalable infrastructure Shell LNG Fuel to customers in the maritime sector in northwest Europe,” said Lauran Wetemans, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG. “With different fuels we meet current and future needs of our customers in the maritime and road transport sectors. We use our experience as one of the world’s leading LNG players in Customer Shell LNG Fuel.”

Ulco Vermeulen, director Participation & Business Development and member of the Executive Board of Gasunie responded: “With the commissioning of the new loading site Gate terminal adds another function to the logistics chain of LNG It increases the opportunities for efficient handling and. distribution of LNG in smaller batches significantly. This will encourage the emergence of LNG in the transport by road and water. This is very important for opportunities that transport has to improve its environmental performance. in addition, LNG as cleaner fuel alternative thus more accessible for local industries in Europe that are not connected to a natural gas network. ”

Frits Eulderink COO and member of the Executive Board Vopak responded: “Facilitating the LNG market with safe and efficient infrastructure and operation is consistent with our long-term strategy This further expansion of Gate terminal gives customers greater flexibility and efficiency and strengthens. the leading position of Gate terminal in the so-called small-scale LNG segment. ”

Rolf Brouwer Managing Director of Gate terminal responded: “The safe delivery of the project without accidents or other incidents was made possible by the tremendous efforts of the Gate terminal project, all the staff and the many employees of subcontractors Actemium, Chubb, Fabricom, Fluor, Future pipe Industry, G + H, Iemants, Kaefer and Mourik and PRS at the height of the project employed more than 300 people from ten different nationalities together on the same goal.. a safe and successful delivery of the project, resulting in a beautiful new loading and 400,000 hours worked without accidents. Therefore I want to thank everyone. ”

Both shareholders Gasunie and Vopak support the further expansion of Gate terminal as a platform for the distribution of LNG to users in shipping, industry and freight transport. Gate terminal also has to fund this project once again be able to call on the European Investment Bank, in addition to four other banks.

This project fits perfectly into the strategy of clean fuel for European transport, because the LNG secures distribution in northwest European ports such as Gothenburg. The maritime connection between Rotterdam and this area is seen as part of the ‘Motorways of the Sea “concept of the European Union, and is supported within the framework of the TEN-T program of the European Union.

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