Gasum has partnered up with Samskip, a Rotterdam-based shipping company. The company owns two single fuel vessels Samskip Kvitbjorn and Samskip Kvitnos powered entirely by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The partnership with Gasum allows Samskip to bunker LNG in Risavika, Norway. As Gasum’s LNG-plant is located just 200 meters from the quayside, fresh and cold LNG can be bunkered swiftly and safely directly from the plant through a loading arm. Gasum is also supporting Samskip’s door-to-door-logistics on land and at sea.“Bunkering LNG in Risavika is a great asset to us and vastly improves our bunker network. We are looking forward to developing our relationship to gain further benefits from Gasum’s products and services”, says Samskip CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
Samskip Kvitbjorn and Samskip Kvitnos perform liner shipping between Rotterdam and Norway, travelling all the way to the Europe’s most northern town Hammerfest. The vessels are high-capacity and ocean-going and work on a regular route with fixed schedules.
The vessels are equipped with Rolls Royce single fuel LNG engines. Using single fuel engines is still quite rare, and the progressive technology has earned the vessels several awards nominations i.e. Next Generation Ship Award and GREEN4SEA Technology Award.
“Partnership with Samskip is great news for us! We are proud to be part of the bigger change in shipping industry and to have these performant vessels taking LNG just outside Gasum office windows”, says Gasum’s Jacob Granqvist, Sales Director for Maritime. “I’m also happy that loading in Norway confirms our competitiveness in the North European LNG environment”.
Using liquefied natural gas as a maritime fuel reduces emissions significantly compared to conventional fuel, such as heavy fuel oil. The use of LNG improves local air quality and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 20 per cent when compared to conventional fuel. LNG is the most environmentally friendly fossil shipping fuel, meeting both current and long-term environmental requirements set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).