First ship-to-ship LNG for cruise ship

The ‘Iona’ taking on board LNG from the BSV ‘Kairos’ Photo: NauticorThe ‘Iona’ taking on board LNG from the BSV ‘Kairos’ Photo: Nauticor

Hamburg based LNG supplier Nauticor, a subsidiary of the Nordic energy company Gasum, has conducted the initial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation for a newbuild cruise ship.

The bunkering operation, which took place on 18 June, was conducted by Gasum’s LNG BSV Kairos in the port of Bremerhaven. The operation, to supply fuel to Carnival Corporation’s Iona, also marked another milestone with it being the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in this port in general.

“The bunkering operation was a great success because of a close cooperation between our teams onshore and at sea and the shipyard,” said Jacob Granqvist, sales director, LNG Maritime, Gasum.

Kairos has proven again that the vessel is a valuable asset for us in our aim to develop the Northern European market for LNG as maritime fuel and we are looking forward to reaching more milestones on our way to make transport more sustainable,” he added.

The Iona is one of the world’s first LNG-fuelled cruise ships. The vessel is in the final outfitting phase at the Meyer Werft shipyard, after which it will join the fleet of P&O Cruises.

Gasum’s bunker vessel Kairos started operating in 2019, mainly in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The vessel became a part of Gasum’s fleet of LNG BSV when the company took over Nauticor’s marine bunkering business in April 2020.

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