Port of Antwerp Obtains EU Subsidies for LNG Project

By Finance

 Good news for the Port of Antwerp, the European Comission gave information for the application of the port for a subsidy for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). The money will be used for building and developing LNG bunkering station for barges.

The LNG bunkering station has to be ready to operate by the end of 2015. Several weeks after the 1st barge, the Argonon, bunkered with LNG in the port of Antwerp, the barge Greenstream follows suit at quay 526.

The port of Antwerp is trying to make LNG available to vessels and of course in a safe and efficient way by 2015, the year when new IMO regulations for sulphur content of fuels come into force. LNG is going to play important role in near future.

LNG in the port of Antwerp

January 2013: the Port Authority appoints the classification company Det Norske Veritas to draw up procedures for an operational standard for bunkering ships in the port in a safe and efficient way.

December 2012: the port of Antwerp scores a Belgian "1st" with truck-to-ship bunkering of the barge Argonon.
March 2012: the Port Authority announces specifications for design of an LNG bunkering vessel, due to be operational by 2015 and able to meet the needs for LNG bunkering of seagoing vessels.