Skangas Bunkers Polaris Icebreaker

June 24, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

LNG-Fueled Ship Is Bunkered Truck-to-Ship in Helsinki

Norway-based Skangas says it’s made the first delivery of liquefied natural gas for Polaris – the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Polaris is a LNG-diesel dual fuel ship designed and built to use LNG as the primary fuel with diesel as a reserve.

Skangas provided fuel for Polaris, the Finnish Transport Agency’s new LNG-powered icebreaker, at Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbour facility last week.

Skangas provided fuel for Polaris, the Finnish Transport Agency’s new LNG-powered icebreaker, at Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbour facility last week. image courtesy Skangas

The operator is Liikennevirasto, aka FTA, the Finnish Transport Agency.

The 361-foot (110-meter) ship was bunkered from two LNG road tankers at Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbour on June 18-19 prior to her first sea trial on LNG, Skangas reports.

“Polaris will provide a major increase in security for Finland’s winter navigation – with an added bonus of being powered with environmentally friendly LNG,” FTA winter navigation chief Jarkko Toivola says in the Skangas announcement.

‘Efficient and Reliable Year-Round Operability’

“We’re determined to ensure the efficient and reliable year-round operability of shipping for Finland’s businesses,” he said.

“Polaris represents a new generation of Baltic Sea icebreakers,” said Esko Mustamäki, managing director of the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, which built the vessel. “The special hull design and propulsion arrangement coupled with high power ensure the best icebreaking capacity in the Baltic Sea as well as excellent maneuverability,” he said.

Wärtsilä-Powered, LR-Classed

The Lloyd’s Register-classed ship has one eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF, two nine-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF, and two 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF engines (HHP Insight, April 22).

“This is the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. LNG is excellently suited for use as a marine fuel as it’s a great alternative to oil, and being environmentally friendly is one of its strengths,” said Skangas sales and marketing director Tommy Mattila.

another viw of Polaris -- Kai Widell imafe courtesy FTA/Liikennevirasto

another viw of Polaris — Kai Widell image courtesy FTA/Liikennevirasto

“Once Finland’s first LNG terminal is opened in August, the vessel can also be bunkered directly from the terminal, or bunkering can take place from road tankers at ports around the country.”

Skangas for Scandinavia

Skangas says it supplied a total of 376,700 tonnes of LNG in Finland, Sweden and Norway last year. Its terminal in Pori, Finland will open in August.

The company has an LNG production plant and terminal in Risavika, Norway, and LNG terminals in Øra, Norway and Lysekil, Sweden. A joint project terminal in Tornio, Finland, is to open in 2018.

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Source: Skangas with HHP Insight follow-up

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