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Kanfer Shipping appoints Brazilian representative

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Kanfer Shipping AS has announced that it has appointed a new representative for the Brazilian market – Paschoalin Consultoria em Engenharia Ltda. (Paschoalin).

The two companies have worked together since 2014, and have recently formalised an agreement. Kanfer Shipping claims that there are a number of developments currently taking place in Brazil, and that it is already engaged in concrete projects. There is demand in the Brazilian market for efficient and flexible small scale LNG solutions for power intensive industries, power stations, smaller gas pipeline systems, as well as for the supply of LNG to the maritime industry.

Kanfer Shipping’s solution is based on the American articulated tug barge solution (ATB), and serves three needs. These include small scale LNG transportation (shipping), floating storage (FSUs) and potentially regasification on the barges (FSRUs). The design features two ship-shaped barges and a tailor-made tug. One barge (FSU) is connected to the landside and pumps LNG/natural gas ashore, whilst the other barge will be connected with the tug and be on its way to or from the LNG source. Once the barge and tug reach the project port (fully loaded), the empty barge will be replaced with the full loaded barge, ensuring a continuous supply of natural gas or LNG to the project owner. The barges may be self-propelled so that they can operate separately within the port (e.g. for ship bunkering). There can also be more that two barges in the same logistical system.

Roberto Paschoalin, Executive Director of Paschoalin, said: “Kanfer Shipping presents an innovative concept for LNG logistics which we believe can be widely used in Brazil. We are sure that with the increase in demand for LNG, Kanfer Shipping can contribute a lot to meet the needs of the market.”

Kanfer claims that it has already identified projects in Brazil with Paschoalin, and that they are both actively working to bring them forward. Both companies see the solution as a virtual pipeline and as an efficient and flexible way of transporting LNG, as opposed to the use of roads or a pipeline stretching for hundreds of miles.

Stig Hagen added: “We are pleased that we have found a solid company with a good reputation in the market that will work actively to the Kanfer Shipping solution in the Brazilian market. This is the key to success."

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