Ships to be able to fuel up with LNG at Gdynia

The port of Gdynia on Poland's northern Baltic coast will be the first in the country at which ships running on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be able to fill up with the fuel.

The Port of Gdynia management board on Tuesday signed an agreement with PGNiG, the national gas monopolist, for the construction of a special fuelling barge at which ships will be able to fill up with LNG. The project, valued at up to PLN 60 million (EUR 13.9 million), is to be completed within about three years. Port of Gdynia President Adam Meller said of the deal: "Today Gdynia marks the trial, but others will come in our wake."

The agreement binds the two companies to work together on the technological instructions for fuelling ships, a mobile filling point for LNG at the Gdynia port and the possibility for ship-to-ship fuelling.

Worldwide, there are currently over 120 seagoing vessels running on LNG and more than 120 are being built. LNG is becoming a more popular fuel as it is one of the cleanest. "Emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere is significantly lower, and in the event of a leak there is no danger of polluting the water," Tymoteusz Pruchnik, president of PGNiG subsidiary Gas Trading, underscored.

In line with an EU directive on the development of alternative energy infrastructure, by the end of 2025 at the latest, sea ports should have sufficient LNG filling points to enable vessels - either inland or sea-going - to travel the whole of the TEN-T trans-European transport network. In Poland, they should be situated at the ports of Gdynia, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Świnoujście.