Bremenports has announced that a new modern hopper barge will join its fleet during 2H16.
The greenports I, is expected to be one of the first working vessels at a European seaport to be powered by LNG. It will regularly carry silt dredged from the harbour basins in Bremerhaven to the disposal facility in Bremen-Seehausen, Germany.
The LNG-powered vessel was launched at Shipyard Constructions Hoogezand Nieuwbouw (SCHN) in Foxhol, Groningen, the Netherlands at the end of March 2016.
Robert Howe, Technical Managing Director of bremenports, said: “This is a big day for the ports of Bremerhaven and Bremen […] Both Bremen’s government and bremenports are banking on sustainable port operations which pay due attention to environmental protection. One of the targets of our greenports strategy is to reduce shipping emissions at local level.”
The veesel’s two tanks are currently being manufactured in Asia and are scheduled for installation in June. They will receive their first filling of LNG at the shipyard shortly afterwards.
The SCHN shipyard has concentrated on the production of gas tankers for seagoing and inland shipping since it was founded in 2012. To date, SCHN has built one barge and four small seagoing ships. Three of these five vessels were equipped with an LNG propulsion plant.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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