Gasum delivers LNG to the ATAIR research vessel Photo: Gasum
On 27 July Gasum conducted the first truck-to-ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Germany, delivering fuel to the first LNG-fuelled research vessel.
ATAIR is currently under construction at Fassmer shipyard in Berne/Motzen in Germany and will enter into service later this year, replacing the old ATAIR which was commissioned in 1987.
Fassmer was awarded the contract to build the ship for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), which will use the vessel for sea surveying, wreck search and research.
“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 has 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,” he added.
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. Furthermore, the underwater sounds of the vessel are optimised, which protects the marine environment and ensures optimal conditions for the scientific work.