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LNG hybrid barge supplies power to cruise ship

LNG Industry,

Becker Marine Systems’ HUMMEL LNG hybrid barge has supplied 7.5 MW of low emission power to the AIDAsol cruise ship, during its layover at port.

After berthing at the Port of Hamburg on 30 May, an infeed of power to the AIDAsol was supplied by way of low emission LNG fuel. According to Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Directors at Becker, this was the “first successful transfer of power to a cruise ship in Europe.”

The trial testing of supplying power to the first technical systems onboard the cruise ship by the LNG hybrid barge’s five gas powered engines took place at Hamburg’s Hafencity.

“With this successful premiere, the Port of Hamburg is serving as a global role model. Credit is also due to our partner AIDA Cruises, who were deeply involved in this technically challenging project,” Lehmann and Kuhlmann added.

The LNG hybrid barge works like a floating power plant that generators power via a gas container, filled with 15 t of LNG. At full capacity, the HUMMEL barge is able to generate an output of 7.5 MW.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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