Due to the growing popularity of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel, which is more environmentally friendly than usual diesel fuel or fuel oil, the administration of the Finnish port of Helsinki has published instructions for the safe bunkering of ships in the port by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The Helsinki Port has prepared a safety management manual for LNG bunkering in cooperation with the consulting company SSPA and the Finnish authorities. The safety instructions contain the minimum requirements for shipping companies and gas suppliers who plan to carry out LNG bunkering in the Helsinki port.
The first refueling of the ship with liquefied gas in the Helsinki port was carried out in summer of 2014, when a marine patrol boat Turva of the Finnish border guard was bunkered on the quay from the gas station. Since then, the ship is constantly refueled at the bunkering station in Vuosaari. The last vessel, which replenished the gas supplies in the Helsinki port, was the high-speed ferry Tallink Shuttle Megastar, serving the Helsinki-Tallinn route. The vessel is refueled at the shore bunkering station in the western part of the port five times a week.
The Helsinki port is one of the largest ports in Finland, the largest passenger port in the country and is considered to be the third largest port in the Baltic region in terms of cargo and passenger traffic. It serves up to 77% of all passenger traffic in Finland. In 2016, the cargo turnover of the Helsinki port increased by 1.9% comparing to 2015 and amounted to 11.62 million tonnes.