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Tuesday 15 12 2020

The port of Antwerp is one of the largest bunkering ports in the world, with an estimated 5 million metric tons of conventional fuels bunkered yearly. The port of Antwerp is a multi fuel port and alternative fuels such as LNG are becoming increasingly popular.

Evolution towards clean marine fuels and LNG

The new IMO 2020 regulations, which entered into force on 1 January 2020, mandate a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% in marine fuels globally. Consequently, sales of clean marine fuels (Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil) are on the rise. On the other hand, these regulations have also driven the demand for alternative fuels such as LNG (liquefied natural gas).


Antwerp, a multi-fuel port

Port of Antwerp is currently integrating low carbon fuels in its bunker market. LNG is already a reality today. From February 2021, the LNG bunkering barge FlexFueler 002 LNG will make LNG more widely available in Antwerp's port. Methanol, hydrogen and electrical power are expected to follow, becoming available on Antwerp's bunker market between now and 2025. 


The Antwerp Port Authority's fleet is evolving in step. The first tug-boats and enforcement vessels that are powered by electricity, methanol and hydrogen are already being developed. The world's first hydrogen-powered tug-boat will make its debut in the port of Antwerp in 2023. 


Better for the climate and air quality and one step closer to the port of the future.


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