Heerema's Sleipnir, the world's most powerful semi-submersible crane vessel yesterday, received the largest LNG bunkering ever completed. Titan LNG organized the bunkering, using Coral Fraseri, Anthony Veder's LNG carrier in the Port of Rotterdam. A collaboration of four Dutch innovative companies who have united to make history for sustainability in The Netherlands.

Sleipnir arrived at the Port of Rotterdam on Sunday, March 22nd. The vessel came home for the first time following a successful global campaign. The vessel has a wide range of sustainability measures. It’s fully outfitted with LED-lighting, has a hot/cold energy recovery system and is able to run on LNG. The use of LNG considerably reduces harmful local emissions and emits less CO2 than other commonly used fuels. 

The total quantity of LNG delivered was almost 3,300 metric tons, making this the largest LNG bunkering to have ever taken place. The delivery took less then twenty-four hours to complete. 

Heerema's CEO, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, emphasized that 'Heerema is proud to have received the world's largest LNG bunkering. We are especially pleased that this achievement could take place in our home base of the Port of Rotterdam. The use of LNG on Sleipnir is one of many sustainability measures we have introduced, and we will continue to investigate ways to reduce our impact on the planet.'

Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG, commented that LNG bunkering was becoming a routine operation for the Dutch companies involved because of the excellent cooperation between all parties: 'Building on our 5 previous deliveries around the globe, we formulated and safely executed our plan of operation. As Titan LNG, we are proud of this operation in one of our home ports. It was extra special that we could also supply our bunkerbarge, the FlexFueler 001, with cargo from the LNG carrier. Sleipnir demonstrates that it is financially advantageous to sail on LNG, even in remote parts of the world. We are proud to contribute to making the world a little greener by supplying LNG as fuel anywhere' 

Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder says: 'By investing in dedicated LNG vessels since 2009, we have made an essential contribution to the availability of LNG for the power generation and LNG as a marine fuel. We are therefore proud of this Dutch cooperation in our home port Rotterdam, where we carried out the largest LNG bunker operation with Coral Fraseri. An important step for Rotterdam as an LNG bunkering hub.'

‘It is the Port's ambition to be the 'greenest port in the world.' Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, noted that 'never before has a vessel bunkered as much LNG fuel as Sleipnir. I am proud that the vessel bunkered in Port of Rotterdam because that plays tribute to Rotterdam being the ideal LNG hub for import, export, storage, and bunkering.'

It is essential to note that all companies involved followed the strict government guidelines to protect their workforces during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.


About Heerema Marine Contractors

About Heerema Marine Contractors HMC transports, installs, and removes all types of facilities for the offshore energy market worldwide. From its headquarters in Leiden, HMC commands the entire supply chain of offshore construction, from design to completion. Our services include engineering, planning, logistics, project management, and offshore execution of projects all over the world. We are proud of our expertise in project management & engineering, our passionate workforce, and our fleet of formidable floating installation vessels. For more information, see https://hmc.heerema.com/


About Anthony Veder

Anthony Veder, established in 1937, acquired its first gas tanker in 1969. As an integrated shipping company, Anthony Veder develops and enhances long-term customer relationships by offering a safe, reliable and flexible service using a wide range of high quality gas carriers. With a versatile fleet the group is focused on shipping petrochemical gases, Liquefied Natural Gas, ammonia and Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Furthermore, the company provides comprehensive technical and commercial ship management services to third parties. Anthony Veder operates a fleet of 33 gas tankers, of which eight vessels use LNG as a fuel. The Rotterdam based shipping company employs over 1,000 people. More information is available at www.anthonyveder.com.


About Titan LNG

Titan LNG is a leading full-service supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets. In the marine market, Titan LNG specializes in providing shipping customers with end-to-end LNG bunkering solutions. This includes project planning, supply and delivery, as well as risk management and hedging services to mitigate price fluctuations. Titan LNG has an extensive track record on delivering LNG as a marine fuel to vessels and has 1 LNG bunker barge in operation, the FlexFueler001. The second barge is under construction and will be ready by mid-2020 and charters in specific vessels to facilitate larger deliveries. Titan aims to provide these services globally. With our LNG services network we offer the maritime and industrial industry a reliable alternative to oil, as LNG is cleaner, more sustainable and costs-effective.


About Port of Rotterdam

The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest sea port. The port owes its leading position to its outstanding accessibility for sea-going vessels. In addition, the port of Rotterdam creates direct and indirect employment for some 385,000 people, in businesses throughout the Netherlands. A place where unlimited ambitions can become reality. The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The Port Authority is therefore leading the transition to sustainable energy and it is committed to digitalisation in order to make the port, and the supply chain, more efficient. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to deliver speedy and safe service for shipping. Facts and figures for the Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam: Port Authority: 1,200 employees, turnover approx. € 710 million. www.portofrotterdam.com Port area: 12,500 ha port area (land & water, of which ca. 6,000 ha industrial sites). The port area is more than forty km long. Employment: 385,000 jobs in the Netherlands. Goods throughput: approx. 470 million tonnes of goods per annum. Shipping: approx. 30,000 ocean-going vessels and 100,000 inland vessels per annum. Added value: (direct and indirect) € 45,6 billion, 6,2% of GDP.