NYK has awarded Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) the contract to build the world’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering vessel.
Until now, only a small bunkering vessel or barge has been used to transfer LNG to ships.
Fuel is usually supplied to a ship through LNG storage tanks on the land or offshore LNG receiving terminals. However, LNG bunkering vessels allow LNG fuel to be supplied at sea.
The LNG bunkering vessel is capable of fueling 5000 m3 of LNG at a time without additional charging. With propellers and auxiliary propellers (two units each), the LNG bunkering vessel has great maneuverability and berthing capacity. Therefore, it can transfer LNG to another ship on the sea without a separate berthing support ship. It also has two IMO independent pressurised LNG tanks, and its operating efficiency has been maximised using LNG/MGO bi-fuel.
An official from HHIC said: “Based on our success in the bid [for] the world’s first LNG bunkering vessel, we are going to keep making our best efforts in the construction of high-technology and high-value vessels by securing technical superiority”.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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