The LNG bunker vessel Coralius, operating on behalf of Gasum (former Skangas) mainly in the North Sea and the strait of Skagerrak area, celebrated a milestone at the end of February 2019, completing her 100th bunkering operation in just 18 months.
Coralius delivers LNG through ship-to-ship bunkering at sea and in port. This has significantly increased Gasum’s flexibility and responsiveness to vessels that require LNG but are unable to visit a terminal or a port. By making LNG more accessible to vessels, ship-to-ship bunkering also boosts efficiency.
Gasum foresees more bunkering operations in 2019, than in 2018, with an increase in the average amount of delivered stem, as it will perform bunkerings on shuttle tankers and other bigger vessels. Coralius has increased its efficiency due to LNG bunkering operations becoming faster -they are now nearly as quick as normal oil bunkerings, which has also increased customer satisfaction.
Coralius, which was built in 2017 by the Royal Bodewes in the Netherlands, is the first European built LNG bunker and distribution vessel, equipped with state-of-the-art LNG transfer equipment for bunkering and a cargo capacity of 5,800 cubic meters.