Nauticor Claims First Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering in Germany

Mike Schuler
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October 4, 2019

Photo courtesy Nauticor and Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH

Hamburg-based Nauticor has conducted the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Germany using its bunker supply vessel Kairos.

The operation took place this week at the Elbehafen Brunsbüttel, part of Brunsbüttel Ports.

During the operation, the Kairos supplied to 300 cubic meters of LNG to DEME Group’s trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River, which is conducting maintenance dredging works on the Lower Elbe. In the past, the vessel has received LNG from Nauticor through truck-to-ship bunkering operations

The BSV Kairos was delivered to Nauticor in 2018. With 7,500 cbm of LNG capacity, the vessel is the largest LNG bunkering vessel built to date. The ice-class vessel also features a ballast-free design and an installed CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels.

Kairos is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE) and will be time-chartered to a joint venture controlled by Hamburg-based Nauticor, part of The Linde Group.

The vessel will be used to bunker large ocean-going vessels in the Baltic region and Northwest Europe.

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