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Shell's Cardissa performs Rotterdam's first ship-to-ship LNG bunker delivery

Sovcomflot's Gagarin Prospect bunkered as part of LNG supply contract signed last year.



Shell's Cardissa vessel (right) bunkered the world's first LNG-powered Aframax tanker, Gagarin Prospect (left), in Rotterdam's maiden ship-to-ship LNG bunker delivery. Image credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority


Updated on 04 Oct 2018 12:17 GMT

Shell's specialised LNG bunker vessel, the Cardissa, has performed its first ship-to-ship LNG fuel supply in a delivery to Sovcomflot's Gagarin Prospect - the world's first LNG-powered Aframax tanker. It is also the first ship-to-ship LNG bunker delivery to take place in the port of Rotterdam.

The Gagarin Prospect refuelling operation is the first under the LNG supply contract signed by Shell and Sovcomflot in April 2017, which marked the fulfilment of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Shell and Sovcomflot in September 2015 to develop marine LNG fuelling for large-capacity tankers.

As reported in February, Shell has charter agreements with Sovcomflot for two dual-fuel 114,000-deadweight-tonne (dwt) Aframax tankers - including the Gagarin Prospect. Under the agreements, the two vessels will be on time charter to Shell for up to 10 years, with a minimum commitment of five years.

Owned by Shell Western LNG B.V. and co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the Cardissa will be used to perform deliveries to customers in northwest Europe, sourcing product from the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal in Rotterdam. It is able to transport up to 6,500 cbm of LNG.

Christened at its home port of Rotterdam in September 2017, the Cardissa also made history in Southeast Asia last year when it acted as receiving vessel during Singapore LNG Corporation's (SLNG) first small-scale reload.

Commenting on the landmark maiden bunker operation in Rotterdam, Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shell Shipping and Maritime, said: "This exciting first for the Cardissa is a tangible example of Shell driving LNG as a cleaner burning and viable fuel for the shipping industry. It is highly appropriate that we celebrate this first with Sovcomflot and their first LNG powered tanker, which we also happen to charter."

Sergey Frank, President & CEO of Sovcomflot, declared: "Together with Shell, SCF Group shares a determination to reduce the environmental impact of energy shipping. This was the genesis of our 'Green Funnel' project, and since April 2015 we have been working very closely with Shell on every aspect of it to bring the project to successful fruition.

"The first tangible result was the introduction into service of the world's first Aframax tanker to use LNG as her primary fuel - Gagarin Prospect. Her arrival and inaugural LNG bunkering, by Shell's tanker Cardissa heralds a new age of more sustainable and environmentally responsible shipping - especially in the high traffic areas of the Baltic and North Seas, where this new class of 'Green Aframaxes' will operate. We are proud to partner with Shell and look forward to a bright and cleaner future, as more and more vessels opt for LNG as their primary fuel, and the associated LNG bunkering infrastructure is established in key ports worldwide."

Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam CEO, said: "The Port of Rotterdam Authority highly values and actively supports a more sustainable transport sector. As a result of cooperation with many parties like Shell and Sovcomflot we are leading the way in this transition. Compared to other fuels, LNG offers significant benefits to local air quality and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gasses. We welcome the Gagarin Prospect and her sister vessels to our port and look forward to many more secure and efficient LNG bunker operations."

According to ship-tracking data, the Liberia-flagged Gagarin Prospect departed from the port of Rotterdam on October 2 and is scheduled to arrive in Mongstad, Norway, on October 5.






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