Three weeks after the opening of the VSL LNG calibration and test facility, first container ship on LNG in the port of Rotterdam


It can take 23,000 sea containers on board, is 400 meters long and is the first large container ship to run on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). On Wednesday November 11th, the Jacques Saade of the French shipping company CMA-CGM moored at Maasvlakte 2 in the port of Rotterdam. While containers are being taken on board, the ship is bunkered with liquid gas.

In recent years, the port of Rotterdam has invested heavily in the availability of LNG in the port. The amount of liquid gas that is bunkered there has increased tenfold in two years, but is still a fraction of the amount of fuel oil that container ships consume. The switch to LNG ensures lower CO2, nitrogen oxide and fine dust particles emissions. This will allow the transport sector, including shipping, to better meet emission targets and contribute to climate improvement.

Nevertheless, the widespread use of LNG seemed a long way off, because exact measuring the amount and quality of this product is a challenge. A transport company that is switching to LNG as the main fuel wants to know exactly how much fuel is purchased for the price that is paid, and how many kilometers can be covered with it. Due to the enormous volumes that are purchased, the smallest measurement error can quickly run into the hundreds of thousands of euros.

VSL has taken up that challenge and opened the very first LNG calibration and test installation in the world at the end of October. With this installation and the (primary) measurement standard, LNG flow meters and equipment for sampling and analysis can be tested and calibrated with LNG. As a result, VSL helps to use liquefied natural gas in a responsible manner for a sustainable society.

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