The Gothenburg Port Authority has launched a new bunkering app to ease the use of LNG bunkering at the Energy Port on the west coast of Sweden.
The digital solution is one of the first dedicated bunkering apps in the world and was hailed as a ‘key step’ in the development of bunkering infrastructure.
“Overall, I think the app is already working very well, although the coastguard and VTS notification function needs to be more user-friendly. Booking quay space and the quay plan are excellent, giving us better foresight, which in turn helps us in our day-to-day work,” said Karolina Skoglund, bunker operator at Bunker One.
VTS administration support
The new app compiles various bunkering statistics for operators, the Swedish Maritime Administration Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and other organisations at the port and allows submission of advance bunkering notifications directly from the app interface.
As well as suite of reporting tools, the app also shows available collection points for loading marine fuel onto bunker vessels with the app’s designers aiming to make it simpler for bunker operators “to plan and carry out their work effectively”.
“We are confident that using the app will help boost efficiency and maximise the use of our bunker quays. But we would like to point out that it is not our intention to use the app to replace daily contact with our customers, which will continue to be an important part of our relationship," Dan-Erik Andersson, Head of Operations at the Energy Port, said.
The Port of Gothenburg Energy Port is one of the world's larger bunkering hubs and the largest open access energy port in the Nordic region. The hub handles over 2,500 calls and more than 23 million tonnes of energy products each year.
“The app is also of benefit to the Energy Port's security coordinators, who save valuable time by no longer needing to act as intermediaries between the different parties. As the bunker operators administer quay bookings independently, all that is required is process verification,” a GPA spokesperson commented.
The full deployment follows a test period that began in January where selected users were able to contribute valuable input in the lead-up to the official rollout. Early adopter Bunker One was one of the participating companies and now uses the app as part of its regular operations.
The development of the bunkering app is closely linked with previous automation work at the Energy Port which has included a new digital process control system to streamline pumping via the port’s extensive pipeline network.