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Quadruple 'first' for Sovcomflot and Shell LNG bunkering in Rotterdam

Shell's LNG bunker vessel Cardissa made its first ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG to the Sovcomflot aframax tanker Gagarin Prospect in the Port of Rotterdam on Tuesday.

It was also the first LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operation to be performed in the Port of Rotterdam, the fuel was delivered to the world's first LNG-powered aframax tanker, and it was the first bunkering operation under and agreement signed between Shell and Sovcomflot.

Segery Frank president and ceo of Sovcomflot said the bunkering operation on the company's first LNG-powered aframax, “heralds a new age of more sustainable and environmentally responsible shipping – especially in the high traffic areas of the Baltic and North Seas, where this new class of ‘Green Aframaxes’ will operate.”

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Grahaeme Henderson, vice president, Shell Shipping and Maritime, said: “This exciting first for the Cardissa is a tangible example of Shell driving LNG as a cleaner burning and viable fuel for the shipping industry. It is highly appropriate that we celebrate this first with Sovcomflot and their first LNG powered tanker, which we also happen to charter.”

The 114,000 dwt Gagarin Prospect started a multi-year charter to Shell in July this year.

Allard Castelein, ceo Port of Rotterdam, said: “We welcome the Gagarin Prospect and her sister vessels to our port and look forward to many more secure and efficient LNG bunker operations.”

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