LNG has the potential to be used by cruisers, ferries, barges and tug boats. It is already used as a fuel for vessels on inland waterways, such as ferries in Norway, where our company Gasnor is a leading supplier of LNG to industrial and marine operators.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Shell has chartered three special LNG-powered offshore supply vessels for its deep-water operations.
To deliver LNG to customers in north-west Europe, Shell built and recently took delivery of Cardissa, a state-of-the-art LNG bunker vessel with capacity to hold around 6,500 m3 of LNG fuel. The vessel will deliver fuel from the Gate terminal in Rotterdam and in locations throughout Europe.
Shell has also finalised a long-term agreement to charter an LNG bunker barge with a capacity to carry 3,000 m3 of LNG fuel. Operating out of Rotterdam, the LNG bunker barge will be able to refuel vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways. The Gate terminal in Rotterdam will boost the availability of LNG as a marine fuel.
In the USA, Shell has finalised a similar agreement for an LNG bunker barge with a 4,000m3 fuel capacity. This is the first ocean-going barge of its kind to be based there. It will supply LNG to marine customers along the southern East Coast and support growing cruise-line demand for LNG marine fuel.