Veka Is to Build Powered Barges to Transport Mineral Oil,
Wärtsilä 20DF Dual Fuel Engines ‘Will Run on 95- 98% LNG Fuel,’
Fed by Wärtsilä LNGPac Fuel Systems Developed with Cryonorm
Shell said today that its Shell Trading Rotterdam unit has signed a time-charter agreement with Plouvier Transport/Intertrans Tankschiffahrt for 15 new liquefied natural gas-diesel inland dual-fuel barges, “which will predominantly run” on LNG.
This item was originally posted on December 18,
updated December 28 to include Cryonorm
and additional Veka shipyard information
Hulls for the 361-foot (110-meter) vessels are under construction at the Veka Centromost yard in Poland, with final outfitting to be carried out by Veka at Werkendam, in The Netherlands, reports engine supplier Wärtsilä.
“Their main engines provided by Wärtsilä will run on 95% to 98% LNG fuel with a small proportion of diesel used for ignition,” Shell says.
“A staggered delivery of the barges is expected to take place between late-2016 and mid-2018,” states the Shell release.
‘Confidence in LNG’
The vessels will be used to transport mineral oil products in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) and Rhinetrack (Germany/Switzerland) regions.
“This investment underlines Shell’s confidence in LNG becoming a bigger part of the global transport fuel mix and supports the development of a new European LNG marine fuel industry for inland and coastal vessels,” Shell says.
Wärtsilä notes hat it will supply its six-cylinder 20DF engines for the new powered barges, as well as “a combined engine and thruster package that is ideal for the specific demands of river and inland waterway operation.”
Wärtsilä will also supply propellers, and an LNGPac fuel gas handling system “developed in close cooperation with Cryonorm” (HHP Insight, February 17, 2015).
“Wärtsilä’s total solution capabilities, and its unmatched experience in LNG fuel machinery and systems for marine applications, are providing leading ship owners and operators with the added value they require,” Wärtsilä inland waterways director Bram Kruyt says in his company’s announcement.
“We salute everyone involved in this important project for their support in making inland waterway shipping more environmentally sustainable,” he said.
Rotterdam Gate for Fueling
Wärtsilä says that its equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards beginning in June 2016.
The new powered barges are expected to fuel at the new Gate/Gas Access to Europe LNG breakbulk terminal at the Port of Rotterdam.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Shell with HHP Insight follow-up