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Wärtsilä engines to power Shell’s LNG bunker vessel

LNG Industry,

An LNG bunker vessel to be built at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. yard in South Korea, on behalf of Shell, will be powered by Wärtsilä DF dual-fuel engines.

LNG as marine fuel

The ship will be used to deliver gas to LNG-fuelled vessels in northwest Europe. The newbuild contract is in response to the increasing acceptance by the shipping industry of LNG as a marine fuel. The engine order was placed with Wärtsilä in December last year.

The new Shell vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and will load from the new break bulk terminal and jetty to be constructed by the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal. It will be able to bunker customers at other locations. It will be powered by three 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines, capable of operating on either gas or diesel fuels. The engines are scheduled for delivery in spring 2016.


Commenting on the order, Aaron Bresnahan, VP Sales, said: "This new specialised vessel is an important step towards LNG becoming the fuel of choice for shipping in Europe, and Wärtsilä is pleased and honoured to cooperate with Shell and STX in this project. LNG eases compliance with both the new and anticipated future IMO environmental regulations, and we are proud that our development of technologies throughout the gas chain is of increasing value to the marine sector."

Dr Grahaeme Henderson, VP of Shell Shipping & Maritime, added: "This specialised LNG bunker vessel is a pioneering new design. It will have a capacity to carry 6500 m3 of LNG fuel, and will be highly efficient and manoeuvrable. It will be able to load from big or small terminals and to bunker a broad variety of vessels. We worked closely with our customers on the specifications of this exciting new bunker vessel and will use cutting-edge technology. Shell is proud to be leading in the development of LNG fuel in shipping."

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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