World Fuel Services Corporation Successfully Completes LNG Bunkering Operation for Hapag-Lloyd’s Berlin Express at Chinese Port
World Fuel Services Corporation has achieved a significant milestone by completing an LNG bunkering operation for the refueling of the Hapag-Lloyd ship Berlin Express at a Chinese port. This operation marks only the second time a carrier has been refueled with bonded LNG at this port.
With the valuable support of the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port authority and local supplier CNOOC, the dual-fuel Berlin Express received a delivery of 6,000 m3 of bonded LNG fuel, which took approximately 20 hours to complete. The Berlin Express, a 24,000 TEU ultra-large container ship on its maiden voyage since its launch in June, is at the forefront of utilizing LNG as a cleaner marine fuel.
Jan Christensen, Head of Global Fuel Purchasing at Hapag-Lloyd, expressed, “The refueling of our new Berlin Express demonstrates collaboration and innovation to achieve efficient LNG bunkering at a major international port. It’s the first of many steps forward on our journey to a low-carbon future and illustrates what can be achieved when suppliers and port authorities coordinate operations and work together towards a greener global shipping industry.”
Mark Tamsitt, Senior Vice President Marine, EMEA and Asia at World Fuel Services, highlighted their commitment to accelerating the energy transition in the marine industry, stating, “World Fuel is dedicated to accelerating the energy transition into lower carbon fuels in the marine industry by connecting customers with the right suppliers and ports. The successful LNG fueling of Hapag Lloyd’s Berlin Express exemplifies the power of collaboration, with support from the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Authority and local supplier CNOOC. By working together, we can support the movement towards a more sustainable future in the marine sector, reducing emissions and fostering a cleaner, greener industry.”
The completion of this LNG bunkering operation showcases the progress being made in adopting cleaner fuels within the shipping industry. Collaborative efforts between suppliers, port authorities, and shipping companies like Hapag-Lloyd pave the way for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly global shipping industry.
Source World Fuel Services