Once operational, the 3000-cubic metre capacity barge will be chartered by Shell Western LNG B.V. and operate out of Rotterdam to service LNG ships, including those operating on Europe’s inland waterways.
Speaking of Wärtsilä’s contract to provide a cargo handling system and cargo tanks for the vessel, Timo Koponen, vice president, flow & gas solutions at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “Our strength throughout the LNG value chain is well known, and this new bunker vessel provides yet another link to this chain.”
Wärtsilä will also manage installation of the cargo equipment onboard the barge, which is being built in Romania and will be outfitted in the Netherlands.
The vessel will be owned by LNG Shipping, a consortium between CFT Corporation and Victrol, whose crew manager Gisele Maes Buelens said: “Wärtsilä is a leader in gas handling technology and we are pleased to have them as a partner in this newbuild project.
“Furthermore, their ability to provide the equipment on a fast-track basis is important for the delivery scheduling of this barge.”
Last year, Wärtsilä formed SEA/LNG, a coalition with other marine industry players to increase the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.
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