Viking Grace achieves green milestone: 1,000 LNG bunkerings
Delivered in January 2013, the M/S Viking Grace vessel attracted global attention as an environmental pioneer by being the first large passenger vessel to run on LNG. Now, three and a half years later, one thousand bunkerings have been performed in partnership with the Swedish company AGA Gas AB.
The M/S Seagas, which was specially built for ship-to-ship refueling, has performed its 1,000thLNG bunkering of the Viking Grace since that vessel was placed in service in 2013. The Seagas supplies the Viking Grace with about 60 tons of LNG while the vessel is docked in the morning at Stadsgården in central Stockholm. The Seagas is the first vessel of its kind in the world and is classified according to the same regulations as for ocean-going LNG tankers.
“We are really pleased about having used LNG to fuel the M/S Viking Grace”, said Jan Hanses, President and CEO of Viking Line Abp. “Both the technical solution developed by AGA and the vessel’s operation have outperformed expectations, and it is gratifying to note the major benefits for the workplace along with the environmental gains that running on LNG provides.”
“We are obviously delighted with the positive response we have had from Viking Line regarding the Seagas and our bunkering solution”, commented Jonas Åkermark, who is in charge of the LNG marine market at AGA Gas AB. “There is still heavy interest in the Seagas, our ship-to-ship bunkering solution and LNG as a marine fuel both in Sweden and internationally. We have a well-functioning infrastructure solution in place in Stockholm and the possibility of bunkering more vessels.”