Port of Gothenburg ready for STS methanol bunkering operations | Rigzone

Gothenburg Port Authority has published general methanol operating regulations for ship-to-ship bunkering with the ambition to become the leading renewable methanol bunkering hub in Northern Europe.

By 2030, the Port of Gothenburg has set an ambitious target to reduce shipping emissions by 70% in the port area. A key step to achieving this goal is to provide a variety of shipping fuels that help reduce emissions – in port as well as globally. Many initiatives are being taken around the world with net zero vessels now in the order books.

“From the port of Gothenburg, we want to support this by allowing these ships to take bunker at their convenience. Therefore, we are happy to share that we have received acceptance from the Swedish Transport Agency for the general operating regulations for methanol for ship-to-ship bunkering. This work was finalized thanks to the great support of Saeed Mohebbi from the Swedish Transport Agency. His knowledge and support have been invaluable,” said Christoffer Lillhage, Senior Director of Energy Business Development at Gothenburg Port Authority.

As this is a general approval for the port, each terminal will carry out an additional risk assessment, but this is more of a formality when the general guidelines are now in place. For example, the port of Gothenburg has already handled methanol in the port since 2015, when Stena Line started supplying Stena Germanica between trucks and ships.

“We now hope to see Maersk, X-press Feeders and many other shipping companies bring their new methanol vessels to northern Europe and would love to welcome them with open arms to Scandinavia’s largest port,” said said Elvir Dzanic. , CEO of the Gothenburg Port Authority.

X-Press Feeders is the world’s largest independent feed carrier and a leading player dedicated to introducing methanol as a shipping fuel on a larger scale as early as 2023. With the introduction of eight container ships of 1,170 TEUs capable of being operated on carbon neutral methanol, X-Press Feeders is soon approaching its goal of having net zero emissions by 2050.

“I am happy to see that the Port of Gothenburg is working proactively to facilitate methanol bunkering. This is encouraging as we need ports to be ready when we have to decide where to get our first line of methanol-powered ships” , said Sven Siemsen Senior Manager Marketing Europe at X-Press Feeders.

The shipping industry needs a variety of fuels in the future, and renewable products like eMethanol are an important fuel for achieving net zero goals. Therefore, the port of Gothenburg also plans to set up a value chain with the determination to supply eMethanol in the port by 2024.

“Together with industry leaders in e-fuels such as Liquid Wind and their partner Ørsted, we are working to make this a reality. We are also planning large-scale methanol storage with storage operators in the port when demand is in place. We encourage methanol producers and industry stakeholders to reach out and engage in dialogue with the Port of Gothenburg as we have set ourselves the goal of becoming a bunker and storage center for methanol and fuel. ‘eMethanol,’ said Christoffer Lillhage.

“We are excited to see that methanol bunkering and ship-to-ship infrastructure will become a reality in the Port of Gothenburg. This is a huge advantage for hauliers considering purchasing our green electrofuel, eMethanol. It enables Liquid Wind and our value chain collaborators to establish multiple production facilities in Sweden and other Nordic countries.

“A strong and leading eMethanol hub in Gothenburg accelerates our ability to market and distribute our carbon-neutral marine fuel globally. It also puts Sweden in the global fuel export market,” said Claes Fredriksson, CEO and Founder of Liquid Wind.

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