The LNG carrier “Coral Energy” will be launched in December 2012. This ship is described by ship-builder Anthony Veder of the Netherlands as the world’s first direct driven dual-fuel ice-class 1A LNG carrier. The direct drive Wärtsilä-designed dual-fuel engine, using LNG as marine fuel, provides propulsion for eco-friendly ship operation. Besides this innovative aspect, the vessel is an educational platform for Dutch seafarers on knowledge of LNG as cargo and as marine fuel.
Due to her size and in-house developed innovative compatibility package, the ship is able to load LNG at world scale terminals. The ship with ice-class 1A notation opens possibilities for remote communities in the Nordic region that up till now have been depending on polluting fuel oil for various applications.
The development of the ship started in 2010 for client Skangass, Scandinavia’s natural gas provider. For distribution of LNG in Scandinavia Skangass was looking for a small to medium scale LNG carrier. With the “Coral Energy” Skangass and Anthony Veder make it possible to deliver LNG in an environmental friendly way as a cleaner energy source, to remote places and to smaller terminals where the LNG can be used amongst other as bunker fuel for other ships, power generation, and retail distribution.
(This article compiled using information provider by Anthony Veder Group, N.V.)