Ane Maersk Marks First Methanol Bunkering At Port Of Antwerp-Bruges

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  • The world’s first large methanol-powered deep-sea vessel, ‘Ane Maersk’, marked a historic moment at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges on April 1, 2024.
  • The vessel completed its maiden voyage from South Korea to China, making a significant call at the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp.
  • This momentous occasion was accompanied by the completion of the first bunker operation in European waters, where ‘Ane Maersk’ received 4,300 tons of green methanol and 1,375 tons of biodiesel (B100) during its port stay.

Efficiency Redefined

The bunkering operation at the Antwerp port showcased remarkable efficiency, setting new standards for maritime fueling processes. TankMatch dispatched two barges to transfer 4,300 tons of green methanol onto ‘Ane Maersk’, while a barge from VT Group delivered 1,375 tons of biodiesel (B100). This seamless integration of bunkering operations with cargo handling, known as ‘simultaneous operations’ (SIMOPS), significantly reduced the vessel’s port stay duration, enhancing overall efficiency.

Towards a Sustainable Future

The successful bunkering of ‘Ane Maersk’ underscores Port of Antwerp-Bruges’ commitment to becoming a multifuel port, offering a range of climate-neutral fuels alongside traditional options. This initiative aligns with global sustainability goals, as digitalization and advancements in fuel technologies pave the way for cleaner maritime operations. With the capability to store and distribute climate-neutral fuels, the port is poised to play a pivotal role in the broader energy transition.

Collaboration and Innovation

The achievement of this milestone was made possible through collaboration among various stakeholders, including Port of Antwerp-Bruges, tank storage terminals, and fuel providers. The meticulous planning and execution of the bunkering operation by MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) reflect a shared commitment to safety, efficiency, and sustainability. Moreover, the involvement of TankMatch and VT Group highlights the growing momentum towards decarbonizing shipping and embracing alternative fuels for a greener future.

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Source: Port of Antwerp-Bruges