LNG Bunker Conference

LNG supply concepts for the transport sector

1st September 2020

Online conference. Over 60 participants accepted the invitation to the event “LNG Bunker Conference”, which was organized by the LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen in cooperation with Nautitec GmbH & Co. KG on 1st September 2020. The aim of the event was to highlight the development of LNG supply concepts for the transport sector and to report on experiences with LNG bunkerisation.

The use of LNG as a fuel has presented shipping companies and ports with new challenges. Many initiatives and projects from the region have contributed to the fact that we are now a big step ahead. […] With the initiation of the LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen an excellent platform has been created, which successfully supports this future-oriented path through activities, cooperation and networking“, Georg Haase, managing director of Nautitec GmbH & Co. KG, welcomed the participants of the event.

Iñaki Merkel of Merkel Energy GmbH explained in his keynote speech that “LNG is an economical alternative to bunker oil despite higher investments and, although questioned by some, offers very advantageous environmental properties.” Mr. Merkel pleaded for the preparation of an LNG prechain analysis to allow an objective comparison with other fuels.

Experiences and assessments of LNG supply concepts in various fields of application were presented in short lectures. Thomas Rust from Ramboll, for example, reported on the different port-specific requirements with regard to the implementation of LNG bunkering. It became clear that many different parties are involved in the approval process for LNG bunkering. At present, there is no harmonized set of rules for German seaports. A study by the German Maritime Center, which was recently commissioned and is being prepared by Ramboll, will contribute to this.

Capt. Philip Bacon of ICTHUS Marine made it clear in his contribution that LNG bunkering has long since ceased to be a “Rocket Science”, but that there is still room for improvement in individual cases. In this context, Mr. Bacon explained the bunker process of ships regarding “mooring”, the connection of the used LNG transfer systems as well as gas and pressure management. According to Mr. Bacon, options for improvement and future challenges consist in ship design, the unification of bunker standards and software development.

Regarding the safe execution of LNG bunkering, Prof. Capt. Rudolf Kreutzer presented in his contribution the current IGF training requirements as well as bunker simulation possibilities. In the simulator of Nautitec GmbH & Co. KG various bunker processes can be performed realistically. In the future, virtual and augmented reality could also play a role in the IGF training, as already investigated in the projects “MariGreen” and “Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum Lingen”.

With the LNG.Agentur, Lower Saxony has set out to shape the opportunities and potential for sustainable economic LNG development on the coast and for the entire state. The aim of the activity is to actively support the development of an LNG infrastructure and LNG technology across all sectors in Lower Saxony and especially in the coastal region, but also to critically accompany it.

Would you like to find out more and get involved in the network? Then you are welcome to contact us!

The LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitization through the “Gemeinschaftsaufgabe Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur” (GRW). The office is located at MARIKO GmbH in Leer.

The activities of the LNG Agency Lower Saxony are supported by the partners Wilhelmshavener Hafenwirtschafts-Vereinigung e.V., the district of Emsland, the city of Wilhelmshaven, the Oldenburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for East Frisia and Papenburg, the district of Leer, the district of Friesland, the Strategic Council Maritime Economy Weser-Ems, the city of Emden and by the district of Wesermarsch.

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