Hamburg barge receives first gas container

16 Dec 2014
The ‘Hummel’ barge has received its first LNG shipment from Shell Gasnor

The ‘Hummel’ barge has received its first LNG shipment from Shell Gasnor

Becker Marine Systems has announced that its LNG hybrid barge has received its first containerised shipment of LNG.

The barge has been developed by Becker in conjunction with Aida Cruises and the Port of Hamburg. Named Hummel(bumblebee), the barge will generate electricity using gas-fuelled generators for supplying power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg.

With the delivery of the first gas container from Shell Gasnor, testing of the barge can now begin. “The testing of the gas engines at the Port of Hamburg is a first for both the classification society and participating authorities”, said Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, joint MDs of Becker Marine Systems.

The gas container was delivered from the Fluxys LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge, Belgium, and formally handed over by Shell marine LNG business development manager Aksel Skjervheim at the Blohm + Voss shipyard. The barge uses LNG to generate and supply shore power, resulting in zero emissions of SOx and particulates and significant reductions in NOx and CO2 compared with diesel-fuelled generators. The barge will officially commence operations at the beginning of the cruise season in spring 2015.

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