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Zeebrugge performs first bunkering of LNG driven tugboat

The world’s first LNG driven tugboat, the M/T Borgoy arrived in the port of Zeebrugge for a bunkering operation. The ‘truck to ship’ bunkering operation was the first to be performed in the Flemish coastal port.

The tug M/T Borgoy is the first tugboat in the world driven by liquid natural gas, LNG. The maritime sector is confronted with strict emission regulations, which results in an interest for LNG as a maritime fuel. This tug boat emits nearly 30 percent less CO2 and up to 90 percent less NOx and particulate matter than conventionally-powered tugs.

M/T Borgoy is the first of two identical tug boats ordered by the Norwegian BUBE (Buksér og Berging AS). The tug has left the Sanmar shipyard in Turkey and has set sail for Karsto in Norway to begin her long term operational contract for Statoil. To fuel up on LNG for her maiden trip, the ship makes halt in the port of Zeebrugge.

The LNG fuelling operation was executed ‘Truck to Ship’. An LNG-filled trailer is then positioned alongside the quay and is connected with the ships fuel tank. For the port of Zeebrugge, this is an absolute premier.

This first TTS bunkering operation in Zeebrugge is a joint effort. It was carefully planned and prepared with Fluxys Belgium, who have 27 years of LNG-experience, -expertise and –knowhow to offer. The bunkering of the tug was assigned to LNGEurope. Hoppe Maritime Group acts as BUBE’s agent.

Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “This bunkering operation is of the greatest importance to the port of Zeebrugge. Firstly, we can be proud that BUBE has chosen Zeebrugge to perform this operation. Secondly, it is a confirmation of the time and effort we’ve invested in becoming a first mover in LNG bunkering. We’ve started up several projects with different parties which are all in very different stages of development. To see this project performed successfully is very gratifying.”

Koos Blaazer , LNGEurope b.v.: “This successful bunkering operation confirms the belief of LNGEurope that in the future, these safe bunkering operations will become routine for a steadily growing fleet of LNG fuelled ships, not only in Zeebrugge.”

Stefaan Hoppe, Hoppe Maritime Group:“We are proud to be appointed by BUBE and to be part of the first LNG truck-to-ship bunkering in the port of Zeebrugge. In the future, we hope to assist in new developments in LNG such as small scale LNG and LNG bunkering.”


About LNG in the port of Zeebrugge

While the energy business is undergoing massive changes due to ecological and financial concerns, Zeebrugge, a gashub for over 27 years, aims to play a lead role in the evolution of LNG fuelling.

With the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge’s outer port, the Zeepipe, a 814 kilometer long pipeline from Norway, and the Interconnector, a bidirectional pipeline between Bacton and Zeebrugge, our coastal port has grown into a gas crossroads that covers up to 15% of the Northwestern European market.

Different parties with plans to build seagoing LNG bunkering vessels or barges have contacted the Zeebrugge port authority to investigate the loading possibilities at the existing Fluxys terminal. Many can already be handled at the existing jetty. In 2015, a second jetty will be operational and the port will then be able to handle almost all sizes of LNG vessels, including small bunkering vessels. This way, it will be possible to supply LNG ships in our port with fuel through these small  vessels. For the moment there is a concrete project for the building of two seagoing LNG bunkering vessels, operating in and from the port of Zeebrugge. This means Zeebrugge will have a central position in the small scale LNG business, ready to feed the LNG bunkering supply chain towards all neighboring ports. Companies building non-seagoing bunker barges have investigated the possibility to reach the Zeebrugge LNG terminal via the inland waterways network. For Truck To Ship (TTS) bunkering, a first truck loading station has been operational for several years and a second station is to be built in the near future.


About LNGEurope

LNGEuropeb.v., founded in 2008, delivers 50 tonnes of LNG for roadtransport, shipping and industrial installations on a weekly basis. The company focuses on developing LNG fuelling stations for trucks and bunkering facilities for the shipping industry in the Benelux, Germany and England. LNGEurope services a great number of clients with LNG trucks such as the ScaniaP310, Mercedes Econic, Volvo Diesel methane and IvecoStralis.

LNGEurope is part of ENN Energy Holding (HK2688). ENN supplies LNG as truck and bunker fuel at a global scale with extensive operations in Asia, America and Europe.


About Hoppe Maritime Group

Hoppe Maritime Group is a maritime and logistics service provider in various fields of the shipping business.

Located in the heart of Zeebrugge port, the company has a close relationship with the port authority and is always up-to-date with all the developments and activities in the port.

With more than 40 years of  experience in maritime GAS transport, Hoppe’s agency department is specialized in the handling of gas carriers (LPG & LNG). In a sophisticated field such as maritime gas transport, the shipping agent prides on being specialized in the various aspects of this trade. As a consequence they are in close contact with the various authorities regulating the safety aspects and nautical procedures for LNG & LPG.



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