Heavy bunker sales fall 4.8pc in Rotterdam as LNG sales soar
THE sale of bunker oil in Rotterdam in 2018 fell four per cent year on year to 9
THE sale of bunker oil in Rotterdam in 2018 fell four per cent year on year to 9.5 million cubic metres, a decline entirely blamed on a 4.8 per cent drop in sales of heavy fuel oil to 7.9 million million cubic metres.
Meanwhile, liquefied natural gas (LNG) soared 533 per cent to 9,500 tonnes, reported the American Journal of Transportation.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority suspects that the decline in bunker volumes in Europe's largest bunker port is a consequence of the increased scale and use of modern vessels in container shipping, said the report.
Supplies to containerships account for 70 per cent of the total Rotterdam bunker market.
As well as Titan LNG, Shell and Anthony Veder have now also registered as LNG bunker specialists in Rotterdam port. The port authority is expecting to have 10 suppliers within five years and a considerable increase in LNG bunkering.
Rotterdam is in an Emission Control Area (ECA). From January 2020 new rules will apply to permitted sulphur levels in fuel for shipping will then be 0.5 per cent. The current maximum is 3.5 per cent.
This means that shipping needs to either install emission-reducing systems or switch to a cleaner fuel such as LNG - which doesn't contain sulphur.