World Fuel Services completes first LNG bunkering in China for Hapag-Lloyd


World Fuel Services has completed a milestone LNG bunkering operation for the refuelling of a carrier at a Chinese port, with the new Hapag-Lloyd ship Berlin Express becoming only the second carrier to be refuelled with bonded LNG in the port.

With the support of both the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port authority and local supplier CNOOC, the dual-fuel Berlin Express took delivery of 6,000 cubic metres of bonded LNG fuel in an operation that lasted around 20 hours. The Berlin Express is a 24,000 TEU ultra-large container ship on its maiden voyage, having been launched in June.

“The refuelling of our new Berlin Express demonstrates great collaboration and innovation to achieve efficient LNG bunkering at a major international port,” said Jan Christensen Head of Global Fuel Purchasing at Hapag-Lloyd. “It’s a first of many steps forward in our journey to a low-carbon future and illustrates what can be achieved when suppliers and port authorities coordinate operations and work together towards a greener global shipping industry.”

“World Fuel is dedicated to accelerating the energy transition into lower carbon fuels in the marine industry by connecting customers with the right suppliers and ports,” said Mark Tamsitt, Senior Vice President Marine, EMEA & Asia at World Fuel Services. “The successful LNG fuelling of Hapag Lloyd’s Berlin Express exemplifies the power of collaboration, with support from the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Authority and local supplier CNOOC.

“By working together, we can support the movement towards a more sustainable future in the marine sector, reducing emissions and fostering a cleaner, greener industry. World Fuel remains committed to driving innovation, cultivating collaboration, and bringing to market fuels that align with our customer’s emission goals as we lead the way towards a more sustainable marine industry.”