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Global energy logistics solutions provider AET recently carried out its first LNG bunkering in the US.

Working in coordination with Shell, the operation saw the company’s dual-fuel Aframax tanker Pacific Ruby bunkered outside Port Canaveral, Florida, on 9 October.

The operation involved the transfer of 600 metric tonnes of marine LNG onto the 113,305 DWT petroleum tanker from the Q-LNG 4000 bunker barge over the course of three hours. The entire bunkering operation took nine hours.

‘We are very pleased that Shell provides LNG fuelling along this important transatlantic trade route,’ said AET Global Director of Mid-Size Tankers Crude Shipping, Capt. Ron Wood . ‘AET’s investments in dual-fuel solutions underscores our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of shipping using the best fuel solution immediately available in the market today.

‘At the same time, we are working together with our business partners on longer-term solutions for decarbonisation which sees multiple pathways from which we will select the most effective long-term solution for zero carbon vessels.’

Tahir Faruqui, Head of Shell Downstream LNG, added: ‘The shipping sector must find fuels for the long-term, but also act today. LNG is a clear choice for immediate reduction in shipping emissions. It is a fuel in transition that offers potential pathways via bio and synthetic LNG for developing zero emission options.’

Faruqui continued: ‘Shell is already offering LNG bunkering services in 10 countries and 15 ports to support the shipping sector; and we look forward to expanding our network coverage in the US to include the Gulf Coast and the East Coast with the recent investment of two additional LNG bunker vessels. We congratulate AET on the progress they are making in their decarbonisation journey and are very happy to be collaborating with them.’

AET has invested in 11 LNG dual-fuel vessels, three Aframaxes already in operations in the Atlantic, one Aframax to be delivered for operations in the Pacific in Q4 2021 and two DPSTs operating in North and Barents Seas.

Another five dual-fuel VLCCs are at the newbuilding stage to be delivered in 2022 and 2023.

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