Group to Expand Small-Scale LNG in NW Europe
Peter GoedvolLNG STS Bunkeringk of Rotterdam-based Count, a recently formed commodity, trading & logistics company has joined forces with Dutch entrepreneurs Peter Versluis (Veka Group), Gerard Deen (Deen Shipping) and Ed de Jong (IUVENIS), to cooperate on the expansion of LNG bunkering services in north west Europe, specifically in the field of trade, transport and bunkering of small scale LNG.
Previously Veka Group and Deen Shipping launched their LNG company LNG Bunkering Services B.V. and announced the new build of the first LNG Bunker tanker “LNG PRIME”. The “LNG PRIME” is 90 meters long and has a loading capacity of 1.000 ton of LNG. The “LNG PRIME” will be active in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) region bunkering seagoing vessels as of the beginning of 2016.
“With the experience of Goedvolk we now add a trade activity to our company and with that a next step is set to further develop the LNG small scale market in the ARA-region” says Gerard Deen of Deen Shipping.
According to Goedvolk: “LNG small scale is a challenging new market development and trading LNG fits very well in Counts vision of commodities, trading & logistics. The LNG PRIME is an important link in the development of the LNG bunker market in the ARA-region. Now LNG Bunkering Services has added a LNG trading branch to its activities, LNG Bunkering Services can offer a full range of LNG service to the international shipping community.”
“After the construction of the first seagoing LNG carrier, the “Pioneer Knutsen”, by the VEKA company several years ago. We had a lot of knowledge to engineer an inland vessel which is also capable to sail for 100% on his own boil-off. This knowledge is used to design this inland LNG bunker tanker, the “LNG Prime”. The crucial difference will be made in the vessels’ design, the special cargo tanks (own design) and propulsion system”, says Peter Versluis.
“An important step forward has been taken with the arrival of this first LNG bunker tanker in Rotterdam,” says Allard Castelein, CEO at the Port of Rotterdam. “Bunkering of LNG now becomes as easy as it is for the other bunker fuels. With this the Rotterdam LNG bunker infrastructure is completed. LNG is a clean fuel. The use of LNG for shipping is therefore something we fully support.