“LNG was a much discussed subject at this SMM” – Christos Ramnialis, Exec VP for Engines and Propulsion Systems at MTU
Hamburg-based Marine Service GmbH launched a new LNG storage system at the 25th SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology) international trade fair last week, also in Hamburg. The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Fuel Tank Container has a 33.2 m3 capacity (at 82% filling rate) and is designed to eliminate the need for LNG handling during LNG bunkering, thereby removing the risk of LNG spillage and fire hazard. It also provides an alternative solution to LNG bunker barges.
Marine Service describes the the container as suitable for container feeders, Ro-Ro and Con-Ro vessels, ferries and cruise liners. It comes with a self-contained gas handling system for lean gas and dual fuel engine supply. It is rated for up to 80 days unattended holding time.
The 40′ ISO system is available as a containerised unit or skid mounted for installation in a ship and has been approved for stacking up to six layers high. It is handled like any IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) container.
According to the SMM Closing Report, shipowners and shipping companies were focused on new products that improve efficiency and reduce emissions, to enable compliance with the IMO Tier 3 regulations due to come into effect 1 January 2016.
“LNG was a much discussed subject at this SMM. MTU is among the companies investing in the development of LNG engines for mobile operation, and examining what the market needs,” said Christos Ramnialis, Executive Vice President for Engines and Propulsion Systems at MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.
Tor E. Svensen, President of Norwegian classification society DNV, confirmed that LNG was the preferred option specifically for smaller ship types operating in ECAs (Emission Control Areas).
“Rising fuel prices have always been an incentive for efficient propulsion systems and smart ship design. But today, the general objective is to make shipping as clean as possible. These innovations are driven by tougher environmental standards, and also the desire of many shipowners to use green technologies,” said Michael Behrendt, President of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) and CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
(This article compiled from Marine Service GmbH and SMM sources)