Gasum fuels UECC’s carrier with LNG, LBG blend

Finland-based Gasum said it has performed its first ship-to-ship LNG-LBG blend bunkering to a cargo vessel.

The Nordic LNG supplier supplied the blend to United European Car Carriers dual-fuel LNG pure car, truck carrier Auto Energy.

Furthermore, the bunkering operation took place on December 16 outside the port of Gothenburg in Sweden.

UECC’s vessel is the first vessel of its kind to bunker renewable fuel at anchorage ship-to-ship, according to Gasum.

Additionally, the bunkering performed by Gasum’s chartered vessel Coralius marks the first supply to a seagoing vessel with a blend of LNG and LBG, the firm said.

“The fuel blend lowers the vessel’s CO2 emissions even more than the already lowered CO2 reduction by using LNG compared to conventional fuel,” Gasum said.

In a separate statement, UECC said the blend included 10 percent renewable LBG.

Typically, Gasum makes LBG from biodegradable waste streams in Scandinavia, including residential, retail, and commercial sewage and/or agricultural waste streams.

“Incorporating biogas into our increasingly greener energy mix allows us to further reduce our CO2 emissions. This transition from a traditional linear economy to the circular economy is critical to our goal of meeting or exceeding the 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030 set by the IMO,” UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen said.

UECC currently operates two duel-fuel LNG PCTC ro-ro vessels. The firm’s first LNG battery-hybrid PCTC is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2021, with two more to follow. All the vessels are LNG-LBG compatible.

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