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Gasum builds bunkering as LNG gathers pace in North

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The Nordic LNG supplier, Gasum of Finland, has carried out its 200 ship-to-ship bunkering operation as maritime use of the fuel gathers pace in northwest Europe.

The refueling was carried out by the 5,800 cubic metres of capacity bunkering vessel “Coralius”, a supplier of LNG fuel in the North Sea and the Skagerrak areas since 2017.

Gasum said the receiving vessel was the Fjord Line’s LNG-powered ferry “Stavangerfjord” as the ship underwent scheduled maintenance at the Fayard shipyard in Odense in Denmark.

“We normally supply LNG to ‘Stavangerfjord’ by a loading arm on a regular basis directly from our LNG plant in Risavika (Norway),” said Gunnar Helmen, Sales Manager at Gasum.

“It’s great to get this opportunity to supply the cruise ferry with LNG in dock in Denmark. Having been fueled with fresh LNG, ‘Stavangerfjord’ will return to her regular Stavanger-Bergen-Hirtshals route,” added Helmen.

The “Stavangerfjord’ and her sister ship “Bergensfjord” are the first and largest cruise ferries in the world that are fueled fully on LNG and both started operating in 2013.

“We’re very happy with the longstanding relationship with Gasum and the support we’ve received over the years,” said Richard Ternblom, Chief Executive of Fjord Line.

“We’re pioneers in LNG-fueled cruise ferries on this scale and, as such, not everything works according to plan in the early start-up years. In this context, a professional partner like Gasum makes this transition to a greener maritime world simpler and safer,” added Ternblom.

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