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The Nauticor-operated bunker vessel supplied LNG to the new ferry,Visborg, on 15 March.

Nauticor said it will soon begin regular supply operations to Destination Gotland’s new vessel, and Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, commented on the bunkering milestone: 'The start of LNG bunkering for Destination Gotland’s new LNG fuelled ferry Visborg marks the start-up of bunker operations with our new LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos and shows that the availability of LNG as fuel for shipping on a large-scale basis is secured in Northwest Europe.

'With shipping companies having access to a fuel that not only is financially attractive, but also environmentally sustainable, people and nature in Northwest Europe, and especially along the Swedish East coast, will benefit from a substantial reduction of emissions at sea and in port.'

The 7,500 cbm Kairos, which is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy, is chartered to Blue LNG, a joint venture between Hamburg-based Nauticor (with a 90% interest) and terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta (10%).

As previously reported, in January Kairos undertook its first loading of LNG at the Klaipeda terminal in Lithuania and it is expected to visit Klaipeda at least once every two months to undertake LNG reloading operations.

Nauticor and Destination Gotland signed an LNG fuel supply agreement back in January 2018. The Visborg operates between the Swedish mainland and the island of Gotland.

Nauticor has also secured an agreement with ESL Shipping to supply its LNG-fuelled bulk carriers, Haaga and Viikki, at the Port of Oxelösund.

EUROPE: Kairos undertakes first LNG reloading operation

Nauticor and Destination Gotland sign LNG fuel supply contract

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