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 has three LNG bunker vessels in its fleet, including the Cardissa, a state-of-the-art LNG bunker vessel with capacity to hold around 6,500 m3 of LNG fuel. The vessel delivers fuel from the Gate terminal in Rotterdam and in locations throughout Europe.
Shell also has a long-term agreement to charter the LNG London bunker barge with a capacity to carry 3,000 m3 of LNG fuel. Operating out of Rotterdam, the LNG bunker barge is able to refuel vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways.
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.
In Asia, through FueLNG (a joint venture between Shell & Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd) Shell has commissioned South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessel. Construction of the 7,500m3 vessel is projected to be completed in 2020 and will enable FueLNG to be the first in Singapore to provide ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services.
Recent business milestones also include fuelling the world’s first LNG-powered oil tanker and the world’s first LNG powered cruise ship.