More than 90% of world trade is transported overseas, which requires a huge amount of fuel. In order to reduce the polluting emissions, there is an increasing demand for LNG as marine fuel. LNG ensures a significant reduction in the emissions of SOx, NOx, carbon particles and reduces the emission of greenhouse gases. LNG is the fuel of the future.
Zeebrugge is taking the lead in the development of a LNG infrastructure, for safe and cost effective bunkering.
The port of Zeebrugge has been holding a leading position in the reception, storage and distribution of natural gas in Northwestern Europe for some decades. Ecological and financial grounds lead to huge changes in the energy sector worldwide. The use of LNG as fuel is breaking through further and further, especially in shipping because of the increasingly rigid standards concerning sulphur emissions.
Zeebrugge, a LNG port, is determined to play a pioneer part in the supply of LNG as marine fuel.
Sustainability and green initiatives are of major importance for the port of Zeebrugge. Well-known both as ‘Clean Port’ and as ‘Food Port’, the port is an ‘early adopter’ with regard to new developments in the field of green energy.
The Zeebrugge expertise in gas offers a strong competitive advantage. Already in 2014, the port authority had a safety study carried out, in which the use of LNG as fuel for trucks, the supply of smaller ships from a tanker on the quay and even the construction of LNG bunker vessels for the supply of sea-going vessels were investigated. Since 2016, LNG is supplied weekly from a truck to the cruise vessel AIDAprima in order to generate electricity during her stay in the port.
As from 2017 Zeebrugge has also been the home port of the first sea-going large LNG bunker vessel. This vessel with a capacity of 5,100 m³ is the result of a cooperation between Mitsubishi Corporation, GDF SUEZ (ENGIE) and NYK.
The bunker vessel will provide LNG-driven vessels in the North Sea and the Baltic with this new fuel. The cooperation also includes a LNG bunkering contract between GDF SUEZ (ENGIE) and United European Car Carriers (UECC), one of Zeebrugge’s main shortsea operators that have been deploying two LNG dual fuel car carriers since end 2016.