Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business, and Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE) Rosmorport have concluded a Cooperation Agreement on managing LNG bunkering for the Ust-Luga—Baltiysk rail passenger ferry. Signatories to the agreement, signed at this year’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum, were Andrei Vasiliyev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, and Andrey Lavrishchev, General Director, Rosmorport.
Under this agreement the parties will cooperate in developing transport infrastructure in Russia’s North—West Region, as well as in developing the LNG bunkering market. LNG has significant potential as a marine fuel thanks to its environmentally friendly attributes and cost effectiveness. LNG fuels complying with international MARPOL Convention standards on sulphur content and nitrogen-compound concentration are expected to play a key role on the marine bunkering market in the next few years.*
Rosmorport is implementing a project to build two 200-metre Arc4 ice-class ferries with closed cargo decks for rail carriages and open-top decks for cars and trailers as part of developing Ust-Luga—Baltiysk transport infrastructure. LNG will be used as a marine fuel for ferries. Gazpromneft Marine Bunker is responsible for developing a project — and one unique to the industry — in building Russia’s first LNG bunkering barge to supply marine gas-engine fuel, using deck-to-deck technology. Synchronising these programmes will facilitate LNG bunkering at Baltic Sea ports in the medium term.
Andrei Vasilyev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker commented: “The issue of creating a modern LNG bunkering fleet and developing high-tech onshore infrastructure is playing a major role in developing a new market sector in LNG bunkering. Our cooperation with Rosmorport will allow us not only to implement one of the most effective logistics solutions for the North—West region, but will also give new impetus to developing Russia’s entire shipping industry.”
A view endorsed by Andrey Lavrishchev, General Director, Rosmorport: “Bringing LNG ferries into operation will deliver a major update for this fleet, which operates a strategically important crossing for the country, as well as redirecting some cargo flows currently going into and out of the region through neighbouring countries’ territory — meaning goods will be transported in the quantities we need to meet internal demand.”
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