The owners of Rotterdam's Gate liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal say interest in LNG bunkering is so strong it may merit opening a third jetty with a focus on small ships, industry news site Maritime Executive reports.
Some estimates suggest 30 percent of new vessels will run on LNG by 2020 and the fuel will make up 8 percent of global bunker demand by 2025.
"Given this growth potential of small-scale LNG and the interest we see, the two main shareholders of Gate are studying the possibility of developing a third jetty in the second half of 2015 specifically for small scale LNG," said a spokesman for the terminal.
A recent study by an industry group predicts that LNG bunkers will generate €2.7 billion($3.5 billion) for the Netherlands by 2030, with the number of inland navigation vessels running on the fuel rising from 2 to 50.
The Gate terminal is owned by Dutch companies Gasunie and Vopak.
The port officially began LNG bunkering for inland shipping at the start of this month, marking a first for Europe.