Skangas Fuels Tanker Fure Vinga with Liquefied Biogas

Skangas, part of Finland’s Gasum Group, has supplied the leading Swedish shipping company and LNG pioneer, Furetank, with Liquefied Biogas (LBG) - a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel. The Swedish LBG was delivered to Furetank’s M/T FURE VINGA from Skangas’ parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping. The fueling took place at the port of Gothenburg, transferring the fuel directly from a tanker truck to the ship.
Skangas Fuels Tanker Fure Vinga with Liquefied Biogas
Courtesy of Skangas

The FURE VINGA was delivered from the ship yard in April this year and is one of two vessels in the company’s fleet powered by liquefied gas. Furetank has been using LNG as fuel since 2015 when the FURE WEST was converted for dual-fuel.

Together with partners, Furetank is building five further sister vessels to the FURE VINGA, all of which will be dual-fuel and can be powered by LBG when the fuel is available. The vessels will be trading in North Europe and will benefit from Skangas’ LNG supply network in the region. Skangas is already supporting Furetank’s other LNG-fueled vessels in ports and at sea

LBG is 100 percent renewable with no CO2 emissions. For running the engine LBG is similar to, or better than LNG.

“Running vessels on liquefied natural gas is our contribution to a more environmentally friendly environment. We will, however, contribute by increasing the sustainability. Using liquefied biogas was a natural step in this direction,” explained Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank. “No doubt LBG will be a clear option for us. It is proven by this operation that it can be available from our existing LNG supplier and not at least with the same quality as our current LNG fuel”, he concluded.

“This is the first time we are supplying LBG to a marine customer. However, it will not be the last”, said Tommy Mattila, sales and marketing director at Skangas.

Because the LNG and LBG mainly consist of methane gas the existing LNG supply infrastructure can be used without any modifications. This means the same trucks, ships, tanks and marine filling stations are used for both products.


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