The Werkendam, the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered vessel in the Van Oord fleet, started work on its first project last week. It is carrying out maintenance work in the port of Rotterdam. “We are proud of this ingenious crane vessel. The vessel is a practical expression of our pioneering role in the field of sustainability”, said Ronald Schinagl, Director Netherlands at Van Oord.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has expressed pleasure with this initial deployment: ‘We are encouraging the transition from fuel oil to LNG as a fuel for shipping. It is good that operational ships are taking the lead,’ says Ronald Paul, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
With a storage tank on the aft deck, the Werkendam can store enough LNG to sail and operate for fourteen days without refuelling.
Compared to a diesel-powered vessel, the Werkendam emits 80% less particulate matter and 70% less nitrogen oxides. It also boasts a CO2 reduction of 25%.
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