Research Vessel ATAIR receives LNG in truck-to-ship bunkering operation completed by Finland’s gas firm Gasum

Finland’s gas firm Gasum has conducted the first truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operation for a research vessel currently under construction at Fassmer shipyard in Germany.

The LNG-powered research vessel ATAIR will enter into service in 2020, replacing the old ATAIR which was commissioned in 1987.

Gasum is delivering the LNG and supporting Fassmer in the execution of the operation of the shipyard.

“Our first LNG bunkering operation with trucks in Germany was a great success and we are proud that we can support the Fassmer shipyard with this very important newbuild project,” said Jacob Granqvist, sales director, LNG Maritime, Gasum.

“Gasum have already supported customers with ship-to-ship deliveries in North West Europe. However, this truck-to-ship delivery underlines our commitment to expand our geographical footprint in continental Europe. We are working actively on extending our business in the region and have lined up several projects in Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Belgium,” Granqvist added.

The decision to equip the ATAIR with engines that can run on LNG was made because LNG emits significantly less emissions compared to a diesel-fueled ship. As a result, the new ATAIR does not only comply with the Tier III exhaust emission regulations, but also with the EPA Tier IV rules regarding soot particles.

Gasum pointed out that the use of LNG can improve local air quality as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%, and it meets all the current and forthcoming regulations set out by the IMO and the EU. Furthermore, LNG is suitable for all vessel types.

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Written by Moumita Baksi

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