Meyer delivers dual-fuel engined gas tanker

03 Jan 2013
‘Coral Energy’ – first dual-fuel LNG tanker from Meyer Werft

‘Coral Energy’ – first dual-fuel LNG tanker from Meyer Werft

The Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, Germany, has officially handed over the ‘Coral Energy’ LNG tanker to Dutch shipping company Anthony Veder. It is the first of a new class of tanker to be equipped for dual-fuel operation.

Meyer Werft says that it has a long history of building gas tankers, with 55 delivered in recent years. The new tanker, of 155m length and 22.7m breadth, has a capacity of 15,600m³ of liquefied natural gas, cooled to -161°C. Draught at full load is 8.2m. The propulsion system is based on Wärtsilä engines, with power output of 7,800kW, giving a maximum speed of 15.8 knots. The yard says that it will use the knowledge gained from this first gas-fuelled system to apply similar propulsion technology to future passenger ships.

When running on natural gas, emissions are reduced to below the forthcoming ECA limits, which will allow it to run, without further modifications, in the North Sea and Baltic Sea after 2015. Coral Energy is ice classed by Bureau Veritas, and carried a Green Passport. The Rotterdam-based owner held the naming ceremony in December 2012 in its home port, when the ship was christened by HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.

The Anthony Veder fleet comprises over 25 gas carriers, and the owner and yard have enjoyed several years of cooperation in both newbuilding and repair.

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