Port Management Company Seeks to Set Precedent
For 100% LNG-Fueled Harbor Operations in Europe
Bremenports, which runs the German ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven, is seeking to deploy a hopper barge to be fueled solely by liquefied natural gas to support its dredging operations. The organization is evaluating proposals with an eye to awarding contracts in January, with operations to commence by the end of 2015.
Qualified suppliers for the dedicated-LNG dredging barge for Bremenports could be revealed as early as next month.
The inland vessel will be the first of its kind in Germany, and as such will set a precedent for LNG as a marine fuel for port operations.
The new hopper barge – or Klappschute – is to be approximately 225 feet long (68.5 meters) with twin LNG engines with a power output of approximately 300 to 400 kilowatts, each, or a total of 1,000-plus horsepower. It’s to have a 150-kilowatt diesel engine as an auxiliary.
Bomin Linde for Bunkering
Cargo capacity is a projected 840 cubic meters of silt. The barge will be able to travel at about 9 knots.
Twin bow-mounted Type C tanks are to hold 6 cubic meters of LNG, or just under 1,600 gallons.
Cost is estimated at 4.55 million euros, or about $5.7 million U.S. at current rates, with the European Union contributing just under a third and the City of Bremen providing the remaining share.
Bremenports is working with Bomin Linde for an LNG fueling facility.
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Source: Bremenports with HHP Insight follow-up