M.V. Ireland, a dedicated cement carrier built for the joint venture JT Cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement (KGJ) from Norway, was christened and launched Saturday the 19th of March. The LNG powered cement tanker is one of the first dry cargo vessels ever with an LNG fueled propulsion system supplied by Cryonorm, in which a pressurised LNG tank is incorporated inside the hull.
Dutch shipbuilder Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V. (Ferus Smit) delivered the vessel from its Westerbroek Yard, the second of two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered cement tankers, to her owners. The first, M.V. Greenland, was completed late 2015.
Cryonorm says using LNG as maritime fuel is by far the most environmental-friendly solution available today. While sailing on LNG, the vessel will meet the most stringent emission criteria, as well as new norms that might be in place in future.
(Sources: Cryonorm, Ferus Smit)