Hapag-Lloyd takes largest ship-to-ship LBM delivery to date made

Hapag-Lloyd has taken the largest ship-to-ship liquefied biomethane (LBM) delivery to date which was made possible by the joint effort of STX group and Titan Clean Fuels.

The supplier expert of LNG and LBM, Titan Clean Fuels and commodities trading and climate solutions STX Group, have concluded a ship-to-ship bunkering of 2,200 metric tons of LBM to a Hapag-Lloyd container vessel in the port of Rotterdam.

The suppliers claim this transaction marks Hapag-Lloyd’s entry into using LBM as sustainable shipping fuel, representing “the largest ship-to-ship bunkering operation known till date.”

STX Group and Titan Clean Fuels have collaborated to liquify, store and deliver mass-balanced biomethane in Zeebrugge in Belgium under ISSC certification.  

Jan Christensen, senior director fuel purchasing at Hapag-Lloyd, said: “This pioneering deal demonstrates that bunkering large quantities of liquefied Biomethane is possible and scalable. However, there is still more progress required regarding the necessary infrastructure and the regulatory framework. For us, bunkering liquefied Biomethane is another measure in our step-by-step approach to further decarbonize our operations to reach our goal of becoming net-zero by 2045.”

Caspar Gooren, director of renewable fuels at Titan Clean Fuels, noted: “Titan’s Alice Cosulich bunker vessel has successfully delivered LBM to Hapag-Lloyd’s Brussels Express container ship. We’d like to thank all the partners involved for another smooth operation.

“We have been encouraged by the demand for LBM so far, and this major bunkering represents a significant step in shipping’s clean fuels transition. Titan recognizes the LNG pathway via LBM and renewable e-methane as a practical, sustainable and cost-effective route to net-zero shipping emissions available today. We work every day towards full regulatory compliance for shipowners and operators of deep sea ships.”

Sead Keric, managing partner of renewable gas at STX Group, added: “We congratulate Hapag-Lloyd on this landmark deal in the shipping sector. This transaction is a proof of how liquefied biomethane can be a powerful tool on the path to a lower carbon transport sector.

“At STX Group, we are proud to consistently be at the forefront of environmental markets and this is yet another example of how we are building long-term value through high-impact use cases.”