Nauticor commences supply of LNG by ship to the Gothia Tanker Alliance
On April 15th, 2019, the world’s largest bunker supply vessel (BSV) for liquefied natural gas (LNG) “Kairos” provided LNG in a ship-to-ship bunker operation to a product tanker. “Fure Valö”, a vessel of the tanker pool managed by the Gothia Tanker Alliance, received LNG at the anchorage area of Sandhamn, near the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
The bunker operation was the first offshore ship-to-shipoperation that was conducted by the 117 meter long BSV.
The bunker operation was conducted under an agreement for the supply of LNG, which was signed at the end of 2018 by Furetank Rederi, a member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, and Nauticor.
The agreement covers the supply of LNG from the BSV “Kairos” to the LNG-fuelled product tankers, which are owned and operated by members of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, including the retrofitted product tanker “Fure West” and six newbuild vessels, one of them being “Fure Valö”.
Gothia Tanker Alliance
The Gothia Tanker Alliance is a leading European tanker network for coastal tankers. The companies in the cooperative offer an even more comprehensive service network to their clients. Together, the alliance provides a significantly large tonnage capacity and vessel sizes. The fleet mainly consists of small tanker vessels between 5,000 and 10,000 dwt, and intermediate tanker vessels between 10,000 and 40,000 dwt.
Furetank Rederi AB
Furetank, based on Donsö in the Gothenburg archipelago, is a family-owned shipping company that has been active in petroleum shipping since the early 1950’s. Today, Furetank operates eight vessels and is furthermore, a founding member of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, a market platform for small and intermediate product tankers, operating 40 vessels in European waters.
NauticorGmbH & Co. KG
The Hamburg based company NauticorGmbH & Co. KG is a leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for ships. As a part of The Linde Group, a world-wide leading gas and engineering company, Nauticor combines a broad range of competencies in cryogenic technology, logistics, and bunkering to develop LNG supply solutions for maritime customers in Northwest Europe, especially the North and Baltic Sea. It is Nauticor’s strategy to cover the entire LNG value chain from the terminal to the end customer, including sourcing, transport, storage and bunkering in strategically important ports.