Gate terminal has expanded its LNG import facilities at the Massvlakte in Rotterdam to include a third berth and special infrastructure for the loading of small LNG vessels.
These small LNG vessels will enable distribution to LNG terminals in other North Sea and Baltic ports where large LNG tankers cannot deliver LNG cargo directly, due to their draught.
In conjunction with LNG bunker vessels, the new berth will in future also make it easier for ocean-going vessels to fill up with LNG in Rotterdam.
Gate terminal has two jetties where mainly large LNG tankers berth to unload their LNG cargo into the three 180,000 m³ storage tanks.
The cold LNG is pumped from these storage tanks along insulated pipelines to the new berth and, with the aid of two or three special loading arms, is loaded into the small seagoing vessels and bunker vessels.
Adjacent to Gate terminal, the Port of Rotterdam has developed the new, 255-meter long, 150-meter wide and 7.5-meter deep Yukon Harbor. The third berth of Gate terminal is built on this new quay wall and it can handle vessels of up to 180 meters in length.
Credit: World Maritime News