Sustainability of MAGALOG

As an indirect outcome of the final MAGALOG conference Ms Susanne Kasimir, the secretray general of the City Council of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck was granted a large size sea painting by the painter Michael Weigel.

Final MAGALOG conference a overwhelming succes

Lübeck to become the first Baltic Sea port for gas-powered ships

Non-oil powered ships: starting shot for new Eco project

From 2012 freighters are to be powered by liquid gas.


By Torsten Teichmann

Lübeck – The project is unique in the world. In the near future ships are to be powered by gas propulsion in the Baltic Sea. And Lübeck’s port is the pioneer. The starter’s pistol for more environmentally-friendly shipping was fired yesterday in the townhall of the Hanseatic city at a conference with 70 representatives from the Baltic Region and Norway.

The ports of Lübeck, Bergen, Göteborg, Stockholm and Swinemünde intend to set up terminals with a gas filling station for liquid natural gas for freighters and ferries. The first gas-operated ships could be plying the Baltic Sea as soon as 2012. Lübeck will be the first port to have a gas filling station. The profitability of the project is being costed in the Hanseatic city at present and the statutory requirements are being subjected to a review.

But the course was plotted long ago. A feasibility study proves that Lübeck’s port is suitable for a natural gas terminal, which could be sited at the Scandinavian quay, the port facilities in Siems and the Northland quay.  The bunkers for the liquid natural gas from Norway will not take up much room. The gas filling stations need no more than 2,000 square metres of space. Another problem is of much greater significance.  The ferries already constructed cannot be converted to run on bas.  New ships will have to be developed. Norwegian shipyards have received their first orders for the construction of gas-operated ferries.

At the Baltic Sea Conference staged by the Baltic Energy Forum, Lübeck’s senator for the environment, Thorsten Geißler (CDU), pointed out that Lübeck “has once again shown that it is a central turntable and pivot for forward-looking concepts for maritime infrastructure.” Lübeck was already the pioneer in one respect by being the first port to arrange for ships to be connected up to land lines providing power, “which was a trend-setting innovation having an impact far beyond the region.”  The deputy major of the Norwegian town of Bergen, Trude Drevland, can already see the dawning of a new era.  According to Drevland, the partnership between the towns of Lübeck and Bergen, which has already existed for hundreds of years will be given an important boost with the innovative gas project. 

Jörg Sträussler, the Baltic Energy Forum co-ordinator of this “Magalog” project (Maritime Gas Logistics) part-funded by the EU reckons that there will be a “great technology transfer between Germany and Norway”. And Ralf Gierke, project manager at the Lübeck public utility company is convinced that the Baltic Sea co-operation will be a success, “in view of the continual increase in environmental stands in the shipping sector natural gas is able to play an important role in cutting emissions still further and to fulfil the EU regulations.  “Now it is important that more alliances are forged in the Baltic Region and to expand networks.”

The Baltic is amongst the seas with the highest volume of shipping in the world. Ships driven with gas emit 26 percent less carbon dioxide and 80 to 90 percent less nitrogen oxide than ships running on diesel oil.  The EU co-ordinator Jörg Sträussler doesn’t only believe that gas operated ships have crucial environmental benefits, “Shipping companies running their ships on gas are no longer dependent upon oil and the global gas reserves are larger than those for oil.”

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Gas for ships: Lübeck is a pioneer

The spirit of the Hanseatic League blew through the Bürgerschaftsaal yesterday. Gas-powered ships for the Baltic Sea. Five ports have collaborated to hammer out this major target and are showing the way for the future.

In the port of Lübeck - The montage shows the Scandinavian quay – ships are to tank up with gas instead of oil in the future.


One day they had a tangible vision – As if with one voice, yesterday the senator of the environment Thorsten Geissler (CDU), and the deputy lady mayor of the Norwegian city of Bergen, Trude Drevland, fired the starter’s pistol for the future yesterday, a future in which the economic and environmental objectives are virtually identical.

The ports of Lübeck, Bergen, Göteborg, Stockholm and Swinemünde will be setting up gas terminals for ships powered by natural gas. And Lübeck will be the first port in which this type of ship will be able to fill up with liquid natural gas. The objective is for the first gas-driven freighters to be cruising across the Baltic Sea within just four years. The “Magalog” (Maritime Gas Logistics) project entered the first specific phase at the Lübeck Conference of the Baltic Energy Forum with the establishment of a lasting partnership. 1.2 million Euros (600,000 Euros coming from the EU) have been spent since 2007 to ascertain whether it makes sense to power ships with gas. The result was “Yes it does”.

In two brilliant speeches at the conference staged in English Geißler and Drevland swore in the partners to collaborate in a future placing the Baltic Sea at the centre of worldwide attention. The aim is for the gas ships to become a success story both in environmental and in commercial terms. The Norwegian energy group Gasnor, the Baltic Energie Forum, the Trondheim Marintek AS, the Hordaland group from Bergen, the Polish town of Swinemünde and the Lübeck public utility company are to become project partners.

In her welcome speech for the 70 conference participants from the Baltic region and Norway (civic and port representatives, shipping companies, business owners, and energy suppliers) the president of the Lübeck town council, Gabriele Schopenhauer (SPD) paid tribute to Lübeck’s role in the era of the Hanseatic League. Geißler and Drevland see the revival of these glory days. “We have to develop a joint strategy for the Baltic Sea and stick together,” said the senator for the environment. The development of clean shipping is an investment in the future “We can solve the problems together in the Baltic Region,” proclaimed Geissler. Drevland said in forceful tones, “Bergen and Lübeck have worked together for more than 400 years and now we are working together again.”

Senator for the environment Thorsten Geissler, “We have to stick together.”

Bergen’s deputy lady mayor Trude Drevland, “We need smog-free ships.”

Spirit of optimism


Lübeck is going to be a port for Gas-Ships

by Torsten Teichmann

Finally, you can feel it again, the spirit to form future. The signal that goes out from Lübeck and the Norwegian Bergen. It is the close alliance of two old hanseatic cities. Norwegian gas for future gas-pursued ecologically friendly ferries and freighters on the Baltic Sea, five harbours who want to furnish gas filling stations: The worldwide unique project will quickly find other partners. Already yesterday a representative of Trelleborg in the Baltic conference in Lübeck made clear that also the South-Swedish city wants to be present. In the valley of tears of the world financial crisis this spirit of optimism does so really good. The close alliance of cities and groups with the aim to derive economic benefit from ecology has immense signal effect. It is a matter not only of saving the threatened ecological system the Baltic Sea by the drastic reduction of the emissions of the ships. Urgently (and impressively persuasive) environmental senator Thorsten Geissler of Lübeck described the Baltic Sea area as a future region with immense chances. It was an appeal against the downheartedness. The Lübeck conference could be no more Hanseatically. Do not talk, act - Lübeck has richly collected points.

Speeches of the final MAGALOG conference for download here


Speech of the Lady President of the City Council of the City of Lübeck


Presentation of Mr Thorsten Geissler, Senator of environmental affairs of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck


Presentation of Ms Trude Drevland, Deputy Mayor of the Hanseatic City of Bergen, Norway


Speech of Ms Trude Drevland, Deputy Mayour of the Hanseatic City of Bergen, Norway


Presentation of Mr Dariusz Wojcieszeck, Maritime Representative of the City of Swinouscie, Poland


Presentation of Dr.-Ing. Gerd Würsig, Head of Process Technology and Fuel Cells, Germanischer Lloyd, Germany


Presentation of Capt. Jörg Sträussler, Chairman of Baltic Energy Forum, Germany


Presentation of Mr Dag Stenersen, MARINTEK AS, Norway


Presentation of Lars Alsvik, formerly with Norwegian Shipowner’s Association


Mr Arne Mortensen, Rolls-Royce Marine AS, Norway


Mr Ralf Giercke, Head of Environment and Strategy of the Public Utility of Lübeck, Germany

Pictures from the final MAGALOG conference

Entrance to the conference
Mr Thorsten Geissler, Senator of Environmental Affairs of Lübeck
Members of the project group
Mr Dag Stenersen, Marintek AS
Mr Jörg Sträussler, Chairman of Baltic Energy Forum
Culture at the conference
Ms Trude Drevland, Deputy Mayor of the City of Bergen
Dr.-Ing Gerd Würsig, Process Technology and Fuel Cells, Germanischer Lloyd
Mr Lars Christian Alsvik, formerly with the Association of Norwegian Shipowners
Ms Gabriele Schopenhauer, President of the City Council of Lübeck
Mr Dariusz Wojcieszek, Representative of the City of Swinoujscie
Mr Ralf Giercke, Environment and Strategy, Public Utility of Lübeck
Mr Arne Mortensen, Rolls Royce Norway AS

Final MAGALOG conference in Lübeck, Germany, on 4th December 2008

Main topics of the conference will be sustainable shipping and the use of LNG as a clean shipping fuel and fuel alternative.

Please register here. Deadline for the registration 26th November 2008.


Chill out partners' meeting in Lübeck or Travemünde on 3rd December 2008

The MAGALOG will meet for the last time during the project duration in Lübeck or Travemünde.

2nd Advisory Board meeting in Hamburg on 8th October 

The second advisory board meeting took place in Hamburg on 8th October. Representatives of the advisory board and project members met to discuss outcomes and further activities.


4th MAGALOG partners' meeting in Stockholm on 7th October

Stockholm is candidate for one out of five future LNG fuel terminals. Therefore it was found appropriate at the 3rd partner meeting in Bergen to hold one of the partners' meetings in Stockholm.

WP5 meeting in Swinoujscie on 26th June


2nd MAGALOG advisory board meeting in Bergen on 16th and 17th May 2008

Visit planned to the the site of GASNOR's LNG fuel terminal at Halhjem.

3rd MAGALOG partners' meeting in Bergen on 13th and 14th May 2008

Results of the workpackages were discussed.

Three possible sites in discussion for LNG fuel terminals in Lübeck

Negotiations to include the port of Gothenburg as a partner are on a good way.

Baltic Sea logistics and fuel supply studies ready by end of June 2008 (project month 18)




This workshop took place in Lübeck, on 22nd January 2008. It was organized by Baltic Energy Forum. Speakers from shipping companies like Maersk Line as well as from sea and inland port cities like Trelleborg, Lübeck and Cologne did come. Mort than 90 participants registered. The workshop wasthought to be a platform for information exchange and discussion. After the workshop cooperation projects were arranged. The workshop was agreat success. Thanks to all speakers and participants. 

1st advisory board meeting

The 1st advisory board meeting has been executed in Lübeck, Germany, on 29th October 2007.

2nd partners' meeting

The 2nd partners' meeting has been executed in Lübeck, Germany, on 29th and 30th October 2007.

Posters from the MAGALOG kick-off conference in Bergen on 16th January 2007

Presentations shown at the MAGALOG kick-off conference in Bergen, Norway, on 16th January 2007


Programme of the MAGALOG kick-off conference


List of participants to the MAGALOG kick-off conference


Aims and objectives of the MAGALOG project by Aksel Skjervheim


Shipping related air emissions situation in Lübeck by Senator Geissler


Speech of Thorsten Geissler, Senator of the Environment of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck


Experiences of a shipowner with LNG by Lars Helge Kyrkjebø of SEATRANS AS


Environmental challenges in Norway ba Rune Opheim of the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority