Shell launches first LNG barge
'Greenstream' is the first of two LNG powered tank barges to be chartered by Shell
Global energy company, Shell, has launched the first 100% LNG powered tank barge, ‘Greenstream’ – a first for the company and the inland marine industry.
The LNG barge, which is part of a new European LNG marine fuel industry, was designed and built by the Netherlands’ Peters Shipyards and will be managed by fellow Dutch company, Interstream Barging (ISB).
Dr Grahaeme Henderson, vice president, Shell Shipping & Maritime, said: "We are thrilled to see this first LNG powered barge in operation. Shell anticipates a bright future for LNG as a fuel in both coastal and inland shipping as it can help customers meet strict emissions standards such as those that are due to be applied on the Rhine.”
The Greenstream, which is the first of two LNG powered barges to be chartered by Shell, has been equipped with four small efficient engines instead of one large engine which is found in traditional barges. These engines will allow the barge to operate at a lower frequency than traditional barges, reducing vibration and noise levels.
Greenstream will begin operating in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland in the next few weeks.
In addition, Shell aims to develop two LNG corridors over the next few years, primarily for the maritime industry in the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes areas of North America.
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