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Van Oord orders LNG-powered crane vessel

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Van Oord has announced that it has ordered a new LNG-powered crane vessel.

The vessel will be named Werkendam, and will generally be deployed to projects based in the Netherlands executed by subsidiary Paans Van Oord. Werkendam will be built by Neptune in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands, and will take approximately 12 months to complete.

The vessel will be capable of operating on LNG, with gas oil as backup. It will feature a 38 m3 tank on the aft deck, and will be able to store enough LNG on board to sail and operate for 14 days without bunkering LNG.

Van Oord claims smart features will mean that the vessel will use less fuel and emit less CO2 without compromising operational production. Werkendam will feature various sensors and energy storage systems. These sensors will monitor the energy consumption of almost all of the equipment and systems on board, which will even make it possible to store and reuse overcapacity, for example when operating the crane. The data that these monitoring systems will produce will give crewmembers an insight into energy consumption, enabling them to respond appropriately.

Jaap de Jong, Staff Director of the Ship Management Department at Van Oord, said: “Energy efficiency is one of the top items on our sustainability agenda. To reduce our carbon footprint, we are researching the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and biofuel. With this investment, we will be gaining experience of LNG-powered vessels and the related benefits.”

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