Titan LNG has announced that it has designed and developed the first LNG bunkering pontoon in North West Europe, the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler.
The LNG bunkering pontoon is a new solution for the safe delivery of LNG to sea-going and river barges in ports in the ARA (Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp) region, Europe’s largest bunkering hub.
The solution is designed to have a fixed location to supply inland waterway vessels. However, it can also be navigated to larger sea-going vessels and safely supply LNG while they load or unload their cargo. Therefore, the LNG bunkering pontoon helps to minimise costs and maximise operational efficiencies, while unlocking access to safe and quick LNG delivery in the ARA region. The Titan LNG Flex-Fueler is said to have low CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
The Titan LNG Flex-Fueler has a double bottom, double hull with a length of 70 m. It will be fitted with up to four tanks, each with a capacity of 300 m3). Two cranes will be used for flexible hose guidance, and the discharge capacity range is between 30 and 450 m3/hr of LNG. The LNG bunkering pontoon is capable of loading and unloading via ex-wharf, ex-truck and ex-vessel.
Niels den Nijs, Commercial Director, Titan LNG, said: “It is critical that LNG bunkering infrastructure is developed to facilitate the efficient, cost effective, and safe delivery of LNG to both large and small LNG-fuelled vessels. Currently, truck-to-ship delivery provides the most flexibility, and is the only means of receiving LNG bunkers in the ARA region. However, there is an increase in larger LNG-fuelled vessels coming into the market, which cannot bunker at land-based LNG stations, as the deviation costs are too high or is simply not an option due to draft restrictions. The feedback that we have received from customers, ports and class societies has convinced us that Titan LNG Flex-Fueler is the missing link to safe, economical and speedy LNG delivery in the ARA region.
“The Titan LNG Flex-Fueler can act as a catalyst for a substantial increase in demand for LNG conversion – with current retrofitting costs decreasing as tanks and cryogenic equipment become cheaper due to economies of scale. We are working with other industry stakeholders, including ports, ship owners and operators as well as class to further develop the design and classification of the Titan LNG Flex-Fueler bunkering pontoon in advance of its official launch in Q1 2018.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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