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The Port of Klaipeda has hosted its first ship-to-ship (STS) LNG bunkering operation.

The milestone fuelling saw Avenir LNG’s Avenir Aspiration bunker 326 cubic metres (cbm) of LNG to a 170-metre-long CMA CGM container vessel Containerships Aurora on Tuesday (9 April), the Lithuanian port said in a statement.

‘This successful LNG bunkering operation is a milestone for Klaipeda Port and a significant leap forward in diversifying and improving the quality of services port provides to maritime operators,’ said the port’s Harbourmaster, Vladas Motiejunas.

‘The operation leverages our strategic advantages, including the existing infrastructure of the LNG floating storage and regasification terminal Independence, to offer cleaner, more sustainable bunkering solutions. Klaipeda Port is now firmly on the map as a convenient and reliable location for LNG bunkering in the region.’

The Port of Klaipeda highlighted that CMA CGM operates three LNG-powered vessels in the Baltic Sea, with regular calls at the Port of Klaipeda, and that there are plans to double the LNG-powered vessel fleet to six in the near future.

‘The possibility to bunker LNG container vessels in the Port of Klaipeda is a strong sign that the port infrastructure is adapting in line with carbon zero targets in shipping,’ said Saulius Kazakevicius, General Manager at CMA CGM Lithuania. ‘CMA CGM plans to have Klaipeda Port as a regular spot for LNG vessel bunkering.’

In addition to LNG, Klaipeda Port said it has the ambition to offer a wider variety of alternative green fuels in the future, including on-site production and bunkering of green hydrogen starting in early 2026.

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