Belgium-based company Fluxys has implemented a concession at the Port of Antwerp’s quay 526-528 to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel for ships and barges visiting the port.
The development is expected to help the Antwerp Port Authority to fulfil one of its key initiatives to make the port’s activities sustainable.
As part of the concession, over the next year and a half, Fluxys will develop the necessary infrastructure required for the LNG bunkering facility at quay 526-528.
Set to be completed by the end of next year, the permanent bunkering facility will serve barges and smaller seagoing ships, as well as complement Port of Antwerp’s existing mobile or truck-to-ship bunkering service.
In order to develop the facility, Fluxys has partnered with G&V Energy Group, which will build an LNG filling station for trucks on the quay site, among others.
Fluxys’ new LNG bunkering services at quay 526-528 can be availed by the captains and LNG suppliers by reserving a slot through the online platform, LNGbunkeringportofantwerp.com.
According to Port of Antwerp, the companies that wish to offer LNG bunkering at the port must obtain a permit from the Antwerp Harbourmaster’s Office in Belgium.
Various Belgian ports, including Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Bremen, Le Havre, and Marseille, are currently working together under the roof of International Association of Ports and Harbours to develop a suitable accreditation process called LNG Accreditation Audit Tool.
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Port of Antwerp currently covers an area of 12,068ha to accommodate 86 terminals and 40 docks, among other facilities.