Titan LNG provides ‘bridge’ for regional bunkering during Rotterdam maintenance

Tuesday, 06 July 2021
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Titan LNG, a Dutch supplier to the marine and industrial markets with quayside and ship-to-ship delivery of LNG to river barges and sea-going ships in the ports such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp has commissioned a short-term LNG truck-loading facility in the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge.

Titan said its “Project Bridge” has been designed to accommodate LNG truck-loadings as an interim solution during a four-week period in which the Dutch Gate LNG import terminal in Rotterdam is undergoing essential maintenance.

“The Titan LNG chartered ‘Green Zeebrugge’ is filling up trucks at the quay of the PSA terminal in Zeebrugge to serve bunkering customers in the ARA region, Zeebrugge, and surrounding areas,” explained Titan.

Equipped with two loading bays, the interim fuelling station was commissioned and developed by Titan LNG’s in-house team, in collaboration with small-scale LNG market participants to trial the project’s operations.

The Port Authorities of Zeebrugge and the terminal were involved in initial plans for the project to ensure compliance for this temporary set-up, including the step-by-step protocols and designs.

The facility was assembled and is being operated by Rijlaarsdam Tech, Titan LNG’s project partners.

“Operator Rijlaarsdam and Titan LNG passed the vetting and approval process due to the preparation and robustness of the documentation and training of the crew on the quay, providing confidence to the Authorities that safe operations could be carried out for the duration of the four-week period,” said Titan.

“During normal operations, the GATE terminal loads some 600 trailers per month and the Fluxys terminal in Zeebrugge cannot fill this demand for extra slots, meaning it would not have sufficient capacity to ensure the demand for the downstream market,” added the Dutch company.

The project aims to handle additional LNG demand coming to Zeebrugge starting from mid-July of this year and is expected to fulfil up to 300 orders during its deployment.

“This is an immensely proud moment for the team at Titan LNG and for the LNG market sector,” said Michael Schaap, Titan LNG’s Commercial Director of Marine.

“It takes LNG terminals years to install this functionality, and we did it in a matter of months. I would like to thank all our project partners for the hard work and perseverance that went into this success,” stated Schaap.

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