Gate terminal is celebrating the completion of the expansion of its LNG terminal with a third berth and new infrastructure for small LNG vessels loading.
The small LNG vessels will enable the distribution to LNG terminals in other North Sea and Baltic ports, where large LNG tankers are prohibited to deliver directly due to their draught.
In conjunction with LNG bunker vessels, the new berth will in future also make it easier for ocean-going vessels to full up with LNG in Rotterdam. The use of LNG as a maritime fuel is being encouraged by the EU, the Dutch government and the Port of Rotterdam because of its environmentally-friendly properties.
To celebrate these new facilities, Gate terminal, along with its shareholders Gasunie and Vopak and its partners Shell and the Port of Rotterdam, hosted a mini-symposium and networking event to share experiences and new developments regarding LNG use.
Eelco Hoekstra, chairman of the executive board and CEO of Vopak, says: ‘Vopak has earmarked storage and handling of LNG as one of its strategic focus areas. This third jetty is an opportunity to facilitate the introduction of LNG as a more sustainable transportation fuel. It also strengthens the hub function of Gate terminal in Northwestern Europe for our valued partners and customers.’
Rolf Brouwer, MD of Gate terminal says that it will add two new truck loading bags in the second quarter of 2017.