The company, which carried out its first LNG bunkering at the Port of Helsinki in June, has begun refuelling operations at the Finnish Port of Hanko.
In addition to Tallink’s LNG-fuelled Megastar ferry, Elenger, the subsidiary company of the Eesti Gaas group operating in foreign markets, will be providing LNG services to two new ships: UECC’s Auto Energy and Auto Eco.
‘In addition to new passenger ships, new cargo vessels are changing to the LNG technology in larger and larger numbers,’ said Kalev Reiljan, member of the board at Elenger. ‘LNG will eventually replace diesel fuel among marine fuels, which will contribute to cleaner air and cleaner Baltic Sea.’
The first bunkering in the port of Hanko followed a lengthy period of thorough preparation and work for the prevention of any potential risks.
‘Thorough groundwork and the extensive experience of our specialists ensured that the first bunkerings in Hanko have gone smoothly as planned,’ Reiljan said.
In the following months, truck-to-ship bunkering in Hanko will be performed once a week, every Friday. Four truckloads of LNG - 72 tonnes - will be pumped to the ship. As in Helsinki, Elenger is planning to deliver LNG to the Port of Hanko from the new Novatek LNG plant in Vysotsk, which was commissioned with the assistance of Elenger experts.
Elenger claims to be the biggest truck-to-ship LNG bunkering provider in the whole of Northern Europe. Tallink’s Megastar ferry has been truck-to-ship bunkered with LNG in the ports of Tallinn and Helsinki over 2,000 times.
As previously reported, Dutch shipbuilding company Damen is building an LNG bunkering vessel for Elenger which will serve the northern and eastern part of the Baltic Sea. Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the vessel will begin bunkering LNG-fuelled vessels operating in the Gulf of Finland.
Speaking to Bunkerspot earlier this year, Reiljan said the company already has a preliminary agreement to bunker a second LNG-fuelled ferry currently under construction for Tallink. Click here to read the full interview.