LNG Flex-Fueler Is Described as ‘the Missing Link’
The Netherlands’ Titan LNG is promoting a new and economical concept for liquefied natural gas bunkering. The company says it has “designed and developed the first LNG bunkering pontoon in northwest Europe, the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler.”
The “pontoon” vessel, 70 meters in length (230 feet), will make “for the safe delivery of LNG to both sea-going and river barges in ports in the ARA (Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp) region, Europe’s largest bunkering hub,” the company says.
Cargo capacity will be up to 1,200 cubic meters, approximately 317,000 gallons.
As Many as Four Cargo Tanks
The Titan LNG Flex-Fueler will have a double-bottom double hull fitted with as many as four 300-cubic-meter tanks. Two cranes will be used for flexible hose guidance. The discharge capacity range is between 30 and 450 cubic meters of LNG per hour, Titan says, depending on customer need. “Titan LNG Flex-Fueler is capable of loading and unloading via ex-wharf, ex-truck and ex-vessel,” the developer adds.
Further, the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler “is designed to have a fixed location to supply inland waterway vessels, but can also be navigated to larger sea-going vessels and safely supply LNG while they load or unload their cargo.
‘Minimizes Costs & Maximizes Operational Efficiencies’
“Titan LNG Flex-Fueler therefore minimizes costs and maximizes operational efficiencies, while unlocking access to safe and quick LNG delivery in the key ARA region. Titan LNG Flex-Fueler is currently more economical than conventional LNG bunker barge delivery due to its low operational and capital expenditure (CAPEX and OPEX) requirements.”
“It is critical that LNG bunkering infrastructure is developed to facilitate the efficient, cost effective, and safe delivery of LNG to both large and small LNG-fuelled vessels,” Titan LNG commercial director Niels den Nijs says in the Flex-Fueler announcement.
“Currently, truck-to-ship delivery provides the most flexibility, and is the only means of receiving LNG bunkers in the ARA region,” den Nijs said.
‘Safe, Economical & Speedy LNG Delivery’
“However, there is an increase in larger LNG-fueled vessels coming into the market, which cannot bunker at land-based LNG stations, as the deviation costs are too high or is simply not an option due to draft restrictions.
“The feedback that we have received from customers, ports and class societies,” he adds, “has convinced us that Titan LNG Flex-Fueler is the missing link to safe, economical and speedy LNG delivery in the ARA region.
Commercial in 2018
“The Titan LNG Flex-Fueler can act as a catalyst for a substantial increase in demand for LNG conversion – with current retrofitting costs decreasing as tanks and cryogenic equipment become cheaper due to economies of scale,” den Nijs says.
“We are working with other industry stakeholders, including ports, ship owners and operators as well as class to further develop the design and classification of the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler bunkering pontoon in advance of its official launch,” he says – expected in the first quarter of 2018.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Titan LNG with HHP Insight follow-up