First LNG bunkering in Szczecin

Grupa LOTOS and PGNiG collaborated on the bunkering of the Scheldt River dredger today (5 November) at the Polish port

‘We have carried out tens of LNG bunkering, or refuelling, operations with Grupa LOTOS so far. We are pleased that the service is gaining popularity and that it can now be provided in other Polish ports besides Gdańsk and Gdynia,’ commented Jarosław Wróbel, acting President of the PGNiG Management Board.

‘We believe that LNG fuel is the future of maritime transport in the Baltic Sea. Our business relationship with Grupa LOTOS in this area is a good example justifying the existence of the multi-utility group we will soon be a part of.’

Paweł Jan Majewski, President of the Grupa LOTOS Management Board, also took the opportunity to highlight the need for the development of a logistics and LNG bunkering infrastructure. He noted that the company has recently completed a feasibility study for a project to build a small-scale LNG transshipment terminal in Gdańsk, ‘which has already entered the internal corporate decision-making stage’.

Today’s LNG bunkering operation was undertaken at the wharf of the Port of Szczecin using cryogenic LNG tankers. The LNG fuel was pumped into the tanks of the Scheldt River, which is working to deepen the Świnoujście-Szczecin waterway to enable Szczecin to receive larger vessels.

‘We can see demand for bunkering services from shipowners at Polish ports grow, driven by a rising awareness that LNG, as an alternative marine fuel, is the sole mature solution that is capable of meeting the existing and future emission standards while being economically viable,’ noted Henryk Mucha, President of the PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny Management Board.

‘LNG bunkering services naturally complement the range of low-sulphur marine fuels offered by LOTOS Asfalt to its customers. Shipowners are increasingly adding dual-fuel vessels to their fleets, and our goal as a supplier is to provide them with a complete range of bunkering services. Our collaboration with PGNiG in the field of LNG is beneficial to both companies. We believe it has potential for further development considering the emission reduction regulations implemented globally,’ added Cezary Godziuk, President of the LOTOS Asfalt Management Board.

PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny is a PGNiG Group company providing LNG bunkering services at five ports in Poland (Szczecin, Świnoujście, Police, Gdynia, and Gdańsk). To date, the company has undertaken. bunkering operations for 12 different vessels.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes