Next chapter for Becker’s LNG barge
Becker Marine Systems' LNG hybrid barge concept is making its way to Rotterdam, where it will be used to support cruise ships and help reduce emissions.
The barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports and is being launched at Rotterdam as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG.
It will deliver clean energy to moored cruise ships and is an alternative for producing electricity in the traditional way by either their generator sets or main engines. During winter season the LNG hybrid barge will be able to deliver heat to factories or to the central city heating system in addition to electricity.
“The LNG Hybrid Barge is the first flexible solution supplying clean LNG energy to cruise ships during summer season and providing the flexibility of generating electric energy and heat into a public grid system or industrial users during winter season,” said Dirk Lehmann, managing director, Becker. “We see this advanced flexible solution as an opportunity for Rotterdam and other international ports.”
Primarily, the barge will support cruise ships moored in Rotterdam, traditionally key clients of KOTUG. KOTUG will move the LNG hybrid barge and will provide commercial, technical and operational management of the barge.
“The cruise industry is known to work successfully towards a cleaner and healthier environment to which this LNG hybrid barge certainly substantially will contribute to. It will enable the cruise vessels to consume energy in an even cleaner and green way,” added Mai Elmar, executive director of Cruise Port Rotterdam.
The barge will begin operating from June 2017.
The first Becker LNG hybrid barge was launched at the Port of Hamburg in October 2014.
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