The Port of Amsterdam has embarked on a number of transformation initiatives aimed at preparing for a more sustainable future. Some of them include a new LNG bunkering facility set to become operational in the first half of 2019, as well as energy transition and digitalization.
In 2017, the port authority unveiled EUR 10 million-worth of investments that would be made by 2021 in support of green objectives.
World Maritime News spoke with the representatives of the port to find out what green projects are currently underway in the port and how much progress was made to implement them.
So far, the port has invested EUR 500,000 for preparation of the LNG shore bunker facility, which will be located in the Amerikahaven in Amsterdam. Furthermore, up to EUR 200,000 has been invested in safety calculations and risk assessments to develop a bunker location map for the port with all berths where ship-to-ship LNG bunkering can take place, as explained by Henri van der Weide, policy adviser for safety, security and environment at the Port of Amsterdam.
The floating LNG bunkering pontoon is being developed by Titan LNG, a supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in North West Europe, and the manufacturing consortium comprising Kooiman Marine Group, Marine Services Noord and Cryovat International.
The FlexFueler001 will have the ability to deliver LNG in a range from 30 to 600 cbm per hour and will have two 380 cbm tanks, with the option of adding two more tanks. It is set to become Europe’s first LNG bunkering pontoon.