New LNG bunkering station becomes operational at Ports of Stockholm
Gasum’s new LNG bunkering station was taken into use in mid-June. It is located at Port of Nynäshamn, Sweden on the premises of Ports of Stockholm, and includes new refueling solutions enabling ships to bunker at high speed from two trucks at the same time. Gasum supplies both LNG and bio-LNG or a blend of the two at the new facility.
The station set-up and the specialized trucks now being used allows bunkering to take place at the same time as loading or unloading operations. Ferries were earlier bunkered using single trucks, which was both time consuming and affected the ferries’ main operations and schedule.
The new bunkering station is frequently used by two of Destination Gotland’s LNG-fueled ferries. “Being able to bunker fuel from the new station is a big step forward for our operations. We fuel faster, more efficiently and during our normal operation hours. This in turn leads to a better service experience for our customers,” said Christer Bruzelius, CEO of Destination Gotland.
“The station’s fit-for-purpose high speed pumps allow the bunkering operation to take just 45 minutes. Passengers disembark and embark and goods are unloaded and loaded while bunkering. High precision and prompt deliveries from our side are needed in order to keep to the vessels’ ordinary schedule,” explained Jonas Åkermark, Sales Manager, Gasum.
The station is located at Port of Stockholm premises, very close to the existing Gasum LNG terminal. Gasum’s LNG trucks efficiently transport the fuel the short distance of 5 kilometers from the terminal to the station. “Ports of Stockholm have high environmental ambitions. An important aspect is to support our customers in their work towards a more sustainable and efficient shipping. Vessels powered by LNG including a biogas blend are showing us how to reduce the environmental impact. This example could also encourage the shipping industry to change to more sustainable fuel,” said Fredrik Lindstål, Board Director of Ports of Stockholm.