Ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the NE Baltic
A contract between an Estonian energy company and Damen Shipyards Group will see the construction of the first of a series of short-sea LNG bunker vessels to operate in the Baltic Sea.
The LGC 6000 LNG class vessel, scheduled for delivery in September 2020, aims to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel in the North-east Baltic Sea by providing a mobile and efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time.
“This new vessel will help us to move significantly closer towards a clean and pollution-free Baltic Sea,” said Ain Hanschmidt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eesti Gaas.
“With the introduction of the first LGC 6000 LNG scheduled for 2020, vessel operators in the region can now consider adopting LNG propulsion systems in their new and existing vessels, confident that they can access fast and efficient bunkering services.”
The 100-metre vessel will be built at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China and will carry 6,000m³ of LNG in two type-C tanks at -163°C.
It will improve the energy company’s bunkering offering because Eesti Gaas’s is currently refuelling the LNG fuelled RoPax vessel Megastar by truck, with eleven truck loads required for a single operation.
The LGC 6000 LNG will be able to resupply the ferry in a single, efficient and much faster procedure while the vessel is in its regular berth, loading and unloading passengers and vehicles. Ports will also be spared the additional traffic generated by moving LNG by road.
It is also designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification and to achieve green ship notation.
Eesti Gaas will operate this LNG bunker vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company Infortar AS, which will be the owner of the vessel.
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