Port of Zeebrugge joins SEA-LNG coalition, adding expertise in European LNG port infrastructure

Port of Zeebrugge joins SEA-LNG coalition, adding expertise in European LNG port infrastructure

Move reinforces coalition’s ability to advise on and promote development of EU LNG port infrastructure to further accessibility and innovation in the sector

SEA-LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition established to demonstrate LNG’s benefits as a viable marine fuel, today announces the membership of Port of Zeebrugge, the innovative seaport of Bruges which has been at the cutting-edge of LNG bunkering for decades.

The Port of Zeebrugge has pioneered the development of LNG bunkering in Europe, with the world's first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel - the Engie Zeebrugge (now Green Zeebrugge) – commencing operations there in June 2017. 

The partnership highlights the level of collaboration between ports and other key players across the LNG value chain, particularly in the EU. It is vital to continue to support infrastructure development for LNG and bioLNG now and ensure this infrastructure is in place for use with renewable synthetic LNG in the future. By bringing together parties from across the shipping sector choosing the LNG pathway, SEA-LNG supports investment and development in the ecosystem of assets and infrastructure that allow businesses to rapidly adopt LNG as a marine fuel around the world.

Port of Zeebrugge is one of the world’s leading roll-on/roll-off ports, and in 2021 transhipped 49.1 million tons of goods. The deep-sea container terminal, CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, is located adjacent to the open sea and the main shipping routes of north-western Europe.

Infrastructure for storing and transferring LNG marine fuel has been installed and used at the Port of Zeebrugge since 1987. The port is one of the main hubs for LNG supply in the region, receiving pipelines from Norway and the UK, and vessel imports from Qatar. The port’s LNG terminal, operated by Fluxys, offers regasification and offers distribution in Belgium and across Europe the European network in pipelines, trucks or ships. Onsite storage is equal to 9 billion m³ LNG per year. Port of Zeebrugge has broad expertise and valuable experience due to its long-standing and pivotal role in European LNG markets.

Peter Keller, Chairman SEA-LNG: “We’re pleased to welcome the innovative Port of Zeebrugge to our coalition. We look forward to working with the port and its users to continue to drive the growth of environmentally-friendly LNG-fuelled shipping in northwest Europe, creating a pathway for long term decarbonisation of the industry”.  
Tom Hautekiet, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “Sustainability and climate protection are high on the agenda of the port authority of Zeebrugge. This new partnership with SEA-LNG will definitely offer us new opportunities to stimulate the switch to eco-friendly fuels and pursue our ambitions to become a green energy hub internationally. We look forward to working closely with all the partners involved and jointly developing new projects in which we contribute to the planet. Therefore, we can only congratulate SEA-LNG with this effective coalition.”

In 2021, nearly one-third of orders for vessel newbuilds, by capacity, were powered by LNG. Globally LNG bunkering infrastructure growing rapidly, with Clarksons forecasting that by the end of 2022, LNG bunkering will be available in 170 ports worldwide. This growth reflects the fact that LNG is already a fuel in transition, which, with a pathway that includes drop-in carbon neutral fuels, can take shipping from today all the way to 2050. Today, LNG offers 23% reduction over oil-fuelled vessels, after 2030, a 10% increase in the carbon-neutral blend of LNG fuel, will secure an additional two-years compliance with CII regulations.


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About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management. 


The telephone number +32 492 15 41 39 is only for press inquiries. For other questions you can mail to communicatie@portofantwerpbruges.com

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