Construction begins on Terntank’s new hybrid tankers
Published by Will Owen,
The first steel cutting for Terntank’s two LNG/LBG-powered biofuel tankers with hybrid battery systems has taken place at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard.
These two tankers represent a further development of Terntank’s AVIC series. The two vessels on 15 000 dwt have been ordered from CMJL, formerly AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding, under the project name AVIC SERIES 2.0.
“We saw a will and a potential in the shipyard when we got there in 2013. Having the first four vessels Ternsund, Ternfjord, Tern Sea, and Tern Ocean in operation for three, four years, we found that our customers, crew and the owners is very satisfied with that shipyard”, says Tryggve Möller.
Continuing to take green steps
By investing in these new vessels, Terntank has taken a step closer towards carbon-neutral operations and reduced its impact on the environment.
“Our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40% through reduced fuel consumption and LNG operation was achieved through the first series. Now we continue our journey towards fossil-free operations with hybrid technology and over time also by biofuels”, says Möller.
Batteries and shore power
In addition to dual fuel machinery that can be run on LBG or LNG, the newbuild tankers are equipped with a hybrid battery system.
“This way we can eliminate the use of auxiliary engines in arrival and departure from the port”, says Möller.
In addition, the vessels will be equipped with shore power connections that will eliminate the emissions in port which are generated by the auxiliary machines.
“This is both costly and technically complicated because the connection must be carried out in an explosion area”, says Möller.
The vessels will also be equipped with new digital technology.
“All development that the company does together with customers, ports, STM, and ship agents within just in time can be coordinated to optimise the ship’s operation both for the environment and from an efficiency perspective”, says Möller.
Close cooperation with Port of Gothenburg
The vessels have been designed by Kongsberg (former Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine) in collaboration with Terntank. with regards to the shore power connection, Terntank has worked in close cooperation with Port of Gothenburg.
“Now we hope and believe that Port of Gothenburg will make an investment decision later this fall and plug green electricity at the quays in Skarvikshamnen just until the first vessel arrives around New Year 2021”, says Möller.
The two newbuilding’s will be put into service on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea during 2021. The first, AD077, is due to be delivered in November 2021, and the second, AD0078, is due in February 2022.
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/02072020/construction-begins-on-terntanks-new-hybrid-tankers/
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