Eesti Gaas counts 1,500 instances of LNG bunkering in Tallinn Old City Harbour
It has been two years since Eesti Gaas started supplying the Megastar ferry, which shuttles between Tallinn and Helsinki, with LNG, and bunkering was performed for the 1,500th time at the beginning of February.
In two years, Eesti Gaas has delivered a total of 28,300 tonnes of LNG from various suppliers. Last year, more than 16,000 tonnes of LNG were supplied while the supply amount had been 12,300 tonnes a year earlier.
Kalev Reiljan, member of the board of Eesti Gaas, can already see an increase in the amount of LNG sales at the very beginning of this year. “We are now the sole bunker supplier for the Megastar, so our sales of LNG are bound to keep growing this year as well”, Kalev Reiljan said. “It was the for jubilee 1,500th time that bunkering was performed by Eesti Gaas in Tallinn Old City Harbour during the night today”.
Captain Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, head of Tallink’s vessel servicing division, added that Eesti Gaas had been bunkering Megastar with LNG for two years after the commissioning of the ship, and cooperation had been smooth. “While our LNG used to be supplied both by Eesti Gaas in Estonia and Skangas in Finland, starting this year, we will be opting for deliveries by Eesti Gaas because we can be sure of the security of supply by Eesti Gaas as well as the high quality of its LNG, and we prefer bunkering in the port of Tallinn during the overnight stay there”, Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik noted.
Eesti Gaas delivers LNG and services Tallink’s vessel Megastar, using eight trailer trucks purchased by the company specifically for this purpose, and 65 bunkering operations per month have on average been performed so far. LNG is bunkered to the ship directly from the semi-trailer, and the process takes approximately four hours.
Eesti Gaas purchases LNG in Russia, Finland, Poland and Lithuania. “Our company is currently the only one in the Baltic region to have established continuous LNG supply for its customers. In the long term, we intend to further increase our capacity for supplying LNG. In 2020, we are going to commission a new bunkering vessel in the Baltic Sea, which will be providing services to the Megastar in addition to other clients”, Kalev Reiljan said.
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27th February 2019