First LNG-DF Tug Launched in Spain

July 15, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones, vessel order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vessel by Gondan Shipyard for Norway’s Østensjø Rederi
Designed by Robert Allan LTD as Europe’s First Dual Fuel Tug

Astilleros Gondan earlier this month launched the first of three liquefied natural gas-diesel tugboats at its shipyard in Figueras, Spain. The 132-foot (40.2-meter) vessel is “the first dual fuel tug ever built in Europe,” Gondan says.

Hammerfest, launched on July 4, is the first of three LNG-diesel duel fuel tugboats being built in Spain according to Robert Allan LTd’s RAstar 4000 DF design.

Hammerfest, launched on July 4, is the first of three LNG-diesel duel fuel tugboats being built in Spain according to Robert Allan LTd’s RAstar 4000 DF design.

Hammerfest is the first of three dual fuel tugboats being built for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi (HHP Insight, November 19, 2014). She is to enter service for the Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal at Melkøya, near Hammerfest.

Each of the three Allan RAstar 4000 DF-design tugs has twin six-cylinder 34DF engines by Wärtsilä, as well as Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel systems with 30-cubic-meter (7,925-gallon) horizontally mounted Type C LNG fuel tanks.

The tanks are expected to allow for two weeks of operation between fuelings.

Built for the Far North

“Built to withstand freezing cold, the vessel is shaped specifically to grant full operational availability at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and combines environmental sustainability trough the use of LNG in most of its operations, with the flexibility of diesel power to ensure a high level of operational security,” Gondan says.

Following sea trials, delivery of the first of the three tugs is expected in early 2017.

Robert Allan LTD’s LNG-diesel dual fuel RAstar 4000 DF design .. image via Astilleros Gondan

Robert Allan LTD’s LNG-diesel dual fuel RAstar 4000 DF design .. image via Astilleros Gondan

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Source: Gondan Shipyard with HHP Insight follow-up

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