Hanjin Heavy Delivers World's First Purpose-Built LNG Bunkering Vessel

Photo: ENGIE

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

ENGIE, Fluxys, Mitsubishi Corporation, and NYK have
taken delivery of the world's first purpose built liquefied
natural gas bunkering vessel (LBV) from Hanjin Heavy Industries
& Construction Co. Ltd., at the Yeongdo shipyard in Busan,
Korea.

She will run on LNG for her maiden voyage, after a few days of
loading LNG delivered by trucks at the shipyard.

Zeebrugge in Belgium will be the home port of the vessel, which
has been named ENGIE Zeebrugge accordingly. From there, the 5,000
m3 LNG capacity LBV will supply LNG as a marine fuel to ships
operating in Northern Europe.

The two LNG-fueled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) operated by
United European Car Carriers will be its first customers. ENGIE
Zeebrugge will load LNG at Fluxys' LNG terminal in Zeebrugge,
where small carriers with capacities from 2 000 m3 can dock at
the recently commissioned second jetty.

As international regulations on emissions for ships tighten, LNG
is expected to become an important alternative fuel for the
maritime industry. Currently, the bunker market amounts to
approximately 250 million tons of heavy fuel oil per year.

The challenge in making LNG grow in the bunker market is to
develop sufficient supply infrastructure to support the
increasing number of LNG-fueled ships that are expected to come
into operation. ENGIE Zeebrugge, in this respect, marks a
milestone in the development of the European LNG bunkering chain.

While LNG-fueled ships up to now have been largely dependent on
fixed bunker locations or the limited bunkering capacity of LNG
trailers, ENGIE Zeebrugge, the first purpose built LNG bunkering
vessel, has been designed to service a variety of LNG-fueled
ships.

Feb 15, 2017

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