WES AMELIE, the world’s first container ship to run on LNG, has taken on bunkers from LNG bunker ship KAIROS in the Baltic Sea in smooth ship-to-ship refueling operation
The operation, the first of its kind for WES AMELIE and in the Baltic, took place at anchor off the Swedish port of Visby. WES AMELIE is owned by Wessels Reederei, who had the vessel retrofitted for dual fuel propulsion by MAN Diesel & Turbo in 2017, in collaboration with TGW Marine Gas Engineering. The 1000 TEU vessel, built in 2011, is operated is operated in Unifeeder’s liner service between Rotterdam and Baltic Sea ports.
KAIROS, with a capacity of 7500 m3, is the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel. She was built by Hyundai Mipo ship yard in Ulsan and is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy. Presently the vessel is chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of Nauticor GmbH (90%) and Klaipedos Nafta (10%).
The LNG was supplied by Nauticor GmbH &Co KG in Hamburg, part of the Linde Group and the leading supplier of LNG for ships. Nauticor’s strategy is to cover the entire LNG value chain from the terminal to the end user, including sourcing, transport, storage and bunkering in strategically important areas.
Wessels Marine GmbH, the consulting of Wessels Reederei, is developing a number of projects for using LNG as marine fuel, covering operational, technical and commercial aspects for shipping lines.