Bunker One says the signing of a long-term charter for the NORE tanker, together with the receipt of bunkering permits, marks a ‘major step’ for the company in offering future methanol bunkering in Scandinavian waters and Northwest Europe.
In a statement sent to Bunkerspot today (1 June), Bunker One said the 3,500-ton capacity NORE will serve as a multi-fuel bunker tanker, able to store different products among her tank pairs. The vessel is the fourth bunker tanker in Bunker One Sweden’s fleet.
Peter Zachariassen, CEO of Bunker One, commented on this milestone: ‘Gothenburg, Skaw and the entire Scandinavian region is one of our most important bunkering hubs with significant vessel traffic passing through the area, so to start building the infrastructure and have it in place is going to send a strong signal to our customers that if they bet on building ships powered by carbon emissions reducing products, we will be ready to supply them.’
While many owners and operators are still at the discussion stage in terms of future fuel options, Bunker One said that the option of bunkering methanol would be valuable in terms of assisting them in their decision-making process.
‘Even though many of our customers are not ready to bunker methanol today will not hold us back,’ said Zachariassen.
‘Purchasing new fleets with alternative fuel as propulsion is a daring investment to ship owners, but we firmly believe that if we build the infrastructure, they will have one less thing to hold them back.’
He concluded: ‘New ships and alternative fuels will be necessary for the long run in the green transition. So, for now, we believe in taking leadership and becoming ready to transition towards carbon-reduced products. That is the only way change is coming around.’