The christening ceremony took place at the Port of Amsterdam
on June 26, marking the official commencement of inland waterway LNG bunkering
in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.
Commenting on the occasion, Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan
LNG, said: “We’d like to thank Kooiman Marine Group, Cryovat, and MSN for
making the project a reality… We thank Beequip, AKEF, and the Province of North
Holland for helping to finance the project. Finally, we appreciate the Port of
Amsterdam for enabling the realisation of the “home location” of the
FlexFueler001 and their support along the way.”
“LNG is the cool clean fuel available now at economical
prices that future proofs all vessels that run on this environmentally
friendlier fuel. Titan is … proud to build an ecosystem together with our
partners. We will continue to follow our mission of making LNG easily
accessible for all our customers,” he added.
“We are very excited about the FlexFueler, which makes it
possible to bunker LNG by barge around our port. It is the first dedicated LNG
Bunker barge in Europe and it helps us to realize our ambition to become one of
the most clean and sustainable ports in the world,” Femke Brenninkmeijer,
director Energy, Cargo & Offshore Port of Amsterdam, said.
The christening came two weeks after the new barge performed
its first official bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam.
At the moment, the FlexFueler001 is operated by Amulet
Marine Services. It serves vessels ranging from tankers, containerships to
RoRos. The operations are becoming increasingly efficient, both in the Port of
Amsterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, and in the near future in Antwerp as well,
according to Titan LNG.
The FlexFueler001 is the first in a series of three vessels.
FlexFueler002 is currently under construction and is planned to be completed by
mid-2020. It will be deployed in the Port of Antwerp.
In addition, the third vessel will be announced in the coming
months, as informed by the company.