PitPoint has opened Europe’s first fixed LNG bunker station for inland vessels in Niehler Hafen, Cologne.
The station, co-financed by the European Union, is part of PitPoint LNG’s plans to develop a European LNG infrastructure for heavy road and water transport.
“We are very proud to welcome the first fixed LNG bunker station in Europe at our port in Niehl, Cologne,” said Jan Sönke Eckel and Wolfgang Birlin, Managing Directors at Port Manager, RheinCargo.
“We see this tank system as the next building block in our approach to achieve even more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.”
“We also facilitate the sustainability of the associated logistics. LNG stands for a reliable and clean fuel alternative. The use of this fuel helps to reduce the emissions of pollutants.”
“We therefore see the use of LNG as an important step towards a sustainable future for the logistics sector.”
The fixed bunker station is accessible 24/7 and has professional service engineers who provide bunker guidance. In the future, it will be possible to have two ships bunkered at the same time.
The world’s first LNG-powered ultra-large containership, named CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE and the first in a new fleet of nine French-flagged, 23,000-TEU LNG-powered containerships, has been launched in China.
The US is predicted to drive new-build, liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction capacity additions globally from planned and announced projects between 2019 and 2023, contributing approximately 73% of global new-build LNG liquefaction capacity growth by 2023.
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