46 Million EUR business output from MarTech LNG

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Europe’s shipping industry must adapt to stricter environmental laws and adopt new technologies if it is to remain competitive. An ERDF-funded project to upgrade liquid natural gas (LNG) infrastructure and increase knowledge capacity should ensure that the South Baltic region is ready to embrace positive change.

When change means opportunity

The enforcement of stricter sulphur regulations and changes in bunker fuel practices have obliged the shipping industry to adapt to new circumstances. Ships must be retrofitted, new infrastructure put in place and new supply chains established in order to ensure that LNG is able to take off as a successful fuel alternative.

Thanks to the Martech_LNG project, businesses in the South Baltic region, covering the maritime regions of Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, are not only prepared to meet these new challenges but also ready to seize new opportunities in the field of alternative fuel.

Building regional capacity

The project began in 2012 with a study on the South Baltic region’s abilities to handle LNG-related infrastructure. Tools were then developed to build up capacity and knowhow.

These include the goLNG.eu portal, a unique platform for sharing LNG-related knowledge and news. MarTech_LNG also successfully designed and implemented training programmes for businesses on LNG terminals construction and operation.

Putting in place infrastructure

MarTech_LNG also carried out pre-feasibility consultations on three LNG-technology related tenders. These were LNG bunkering for a short-sea vessel operating in Denmark; LNG terminal capacity allocation in Klaipeda, Lithuania; and the opening of a ferry line between Świnoujście and Klaipeda, thus connecting two major LNG hubs in the region.

Positive regional impact

Klaipedos Nafta, the operator of the Klaipeda LNG terminal in Lithuania, has successfully started commercial operations of a floating storage and regasification unit, providing LNG regasification and reloading services. The company has also reached agreement with German-based Bomin Linde LNG to jointly explore the possibility of developing a vessel to provide LNG bunkering services in the region.

Both companies also plan to construct an on-shore LNG reloading station in the port of Klaipeda, which will offer small scale LNG services and thus serve to increase the demand for LNG in the Baltic States and Poland.