“It was a successful operation that demonstrates that we are fully prepared, with routines and operating instructions for bunkering and for operating our LNG vessels using LBG. We have now run the engines and it is simply a case of noting that everything works just as well using LBG as it does using LNG,” said Lars Höglund, Furetank chief executive, following the vessel’s departure from the Majnabbe Harbour on Tuesday morning.
Normally, Fure Vinga runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has become an increasingly common fuel among vessels calling at the Port of Gothenburg in recent years. In 2016, there were 26 LNG calls at the Port of Gothenburg. In 2017, the figure had risen to 111, and the upward trend is set to continue during 2018.
The content of LNG and LBG is essentially the same – they both comprise almost 100 per cent methane. What sets the fuels apart is the production process. LNG is extracted from the ground, whilst LBG is a fossil-free, renewable fuel, produced from organic waste.