• Coral Star calls Euroservices Terminal in Zeebrugge for LNG fuel gas trials
  • 29 September 2014

The ethylene carrier Coral Star (4700 cbm) owned by Anthony Veder called the port of Zeebrugge on 12/09/2014 for LNG fuel gas trails at Euroservices Terminal.


The vessel was delivered by Avic-Dingheng Shipbuilding yard in Jiangsu province, China, and is Anthony Veder Group’s first ship with LNG tanks for cargo-independent dual fuel operation. The vessel will transport ethylene from a Sabic cracker at Teeside in the UK to destinations in Northern Europe.


As it was decided to execute the final commissioning of the LNG fuel system in Zeebrugge, the vessel started her maiden trip to Zeebrugge on conventional fuel oil.


The final commissioning was done in two steps. First step was to condition and load the bunker tanks with LNG and secondly send gas to the engines for testing. Liquefied nitrogen, delivered by Air Liquide, was used to purge the bunker tanks (reduce O2-content) and to cool down. After cooling down till -160°C the system was filled with LNG via 2 trucks delivered by Gasnor in order to start up the fuel gas system and send gas towards the engines. The generated power was sent in a first step to a load bank ashore for testing and controlling. After testing all three engines, the vessel set sail for sea to start its regular trade.


Stefaan Hoppe, General Manager Hoppe Maritime Group; ”Anthony Veder’s choice to call our terminal in Zeebrugge confirms our position in the maritime gas industry and demonstrates we can offer our clients a full range of services in small scale LNG and/or LNG bunkering such as purging, conditioning, cooling down and delivery of LNG. It is pleasant to see that our activities that we have been performing for more than 40 years are extremely present-day. Furthermore our in-house agency department took care of all port related matters and is liaising all activities. All these services under one roof is an added value for our customers.”


Ferdinand Dekker, Manager Operations Anthony Veder; “With projects like the LNG-commissioning of the Coral Star we are glad to work with experienced partners like Hoppe Maritime Group. With their expertise and hands-on mentality they were able to contribute to a successful project in Zeebrugge. In the meantime we are looking forward to see her sister vessel Coral Sticho soon in Zeebrugge for the LNG-commissioning.”


Stein Vlassenbroeck, Account Manager Air Liquide; “As a partner for many years, Air Liquide was very excited and proud to assist Euroservices in these LNG trials. Euroservices contacted us in the beginning of September to provide the necessary equipment and liquid nitrogen. With our special projects equipment,our bulk logistics and our dedicated teams we are able to respond in a swift and safe way to these kind of requests. Helping to preserve our environment lays in the core values of Air Liquide and therefore we are connected to this business. Indeed, we are already looking forward to the next LNG project.”


Trude Gullaksen, Head of Commercial Department Gasnor; “        ”


Euroservices NV offers purging and conditioning facilities for gas carriers at their terminal in the port of Zeebrugge since 1973 and are experts in the field of purging and changing grade by serving most of the gas ships operating in the North Sea. Euroservices is part of the Hoppe Maritime Group.


Anthony Veder is specialised in shipping liquefied gas products and has developed long-term relationships with clients in the oil & gas industry. The focus is on the segments of petrochemical gases (Petchems), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Ammonia, and Carbon dioxide (CO2). With a diverse fleet of gas carriers Anthony Veder serves its clients on an equally balanced distribution of contract structures: Contracts of Affreightment, Time Charters, and Spot market related. Anthony Veder is always seeking new logistic opportunities with existing and new partners for the transport of liquefied gas products.


Air Liquide is world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health. The company is present in 80 countries with more than 50,000 employees and serves more than 2 million customers and patients.
Air Liquide’s Industrial Merchant Business Line provides gas solutions to its customers, including industrial and specialty gases, application equipment and expertise, at every stage in their process. By always ensuring practical innovation, strong customer proximity and long-term partnerships, Air Liquide’s Industrial Merchant Business Line moves industries forward. or OPEX department (Exceptionnal Operations):


Gasnor has pioneered the natural gas market in Norway. The company started up (1994) by supplying natural gas to the Norwegian industry through a small local pipeline network on the west coast of Norway. Gasnor today delivers natural gas to a variety of customers in this region. Gasnor opened its first LNG production plant in April 2003, and has since built two additional production facilities. Gasnor currently delivers LNG to a growing fleet of natural gas-powered ships and major parts of Norwegian industry. In the area of LNG fuel, Norway is the world leader and there is great international interest in the concept that Gasnor has developed. There is a variety of ships powered by LNG and ships like coast guard vessels, tugs, cruise ferries, Platform Supply Vessels (PSV’S), Coastal Ferries, cargo ships and tankers are now operating in the North Sea. The reasons for Norway’s evolvement into world leader in LNG as ship fuel are various, but the initiative and the risk that Gasnor took in establishing LNG production and infrastructure were essential to that evolvement.

Gasnor – a Shell Company

Shell was a minority shareholder in Gasnor until the summer of 2012. Gasnor is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell. The acquisition of Gasnor is regarded as an important step for Shell towards creating a downstream LNG sales business.  LNG as a transport fuel will be a reliable and new addition to Shell’s innovative lead product mix. The bunkering procedures are designed with simplicity and safety in mind, and Gasnor has carried out more than 70,000 transfers of LNG through flexible hoses without incidents. Shell brings additional safety rigor with decades of experience in operational safety.