Gate terminal’s LNG facility in Rotterdam has been expanded to include a third berth and special infrastructure for the loading of small LNG vessels.
The new berth will make it easier in future for ocean-going vessels to fill up with LNG in Rotterdam in conjunction with LNG bunker vessels. The small LNG vessels will enable distribution to LNG terminals in other North Sea and Baltic ports where large LNG tankers are prohibited to deliver directly due to their draught.
The third berth is intended for small vessels. Gate terminal, of which Gasunie and Vopak are shareholders, has two jetties where mainly large LNG tankers berth to unload their cargo into three 180,000 m3 tanks. At the new third berth small volumes of LNG, from 1,000 m3 up to 20,000 m3 can be loaded, increasing to 40,000 m3 in the longer term.
Adjacent to the terminal, the Port of Rotterdam has developed the new 225-metre long, 150-metre wide and 7.5 meter deep Yukon Harbour. The third berth of Gate’s terminal is built on this new quay wall and can handle vessels of up to 180 meters in length.
Shell is a launching customer, and has reserved part of the capacity for the loading of small vessels including a bunker vessel that has been ordered.