Rotterdam-based gas shipping company Anthony Veder’s newest fleet addition, an Ice Class 1A Super dual-fuel carrier, has been named at a ceremony held at the Port of Turku, Finland. The 18,000 cbm Coral EnergICE, constructed by Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany, was funded with the first sustainable shipping loan.
Coral EnergICE is specially designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea and is the company’s first Ice Class 1A Super tanker. The vessel is operationally managed by Skangas in order to bring LNG to Skangas LNG terminal in Pori and the joint venture Manga LNG terminal Tornio in Finland. Manga LNG Oy’s import terminal for natural gas in Röyttä, Tornio is a joint project of industrial companies Outokumpu Oyj and SSAB Europe Oy, energy company EPV Energia Oy, and Skangas. The commercial use of the import terminal will commence in summer 2018. Once completed, the import terminal will be the biggest LNG terminal in the Nordic countries and the second one built in Finland.
The hull of the 164m Coral EnergICE is reinforced to break through one-meter thick ice with the engines and generators designed to give the vessel extra power when sailing through thick ice and harsh winter conditions. Furthermore, this state-of-the art vessel is equipped with a dual-fuel engine. It uses LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, making the vessel fully compliant with future emission regulations.
Skangas CEO, Kimmo Rahkamo says “Skangas helps its customers reach their environmental and operational targets by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. The new vessel supports our goal to develop the Nordic LNG infrastructure and gas market. This way, we can offer the end users in the maritime and industry sectors an even more competitive product.”
Anthony Veder CEO, Jan Valkier says: “Coral EnergICE is the third LNG carrier we have delivered to our long-term customer Skangas in the past five years. The high-tech vessel is capable of serving the northern Finnish harbour of Tornio all year around, even when temperatures reach as low as -25 Celsius degrees.”
Neptun Werft Managing Director, Raimon Strunck says: “The new vessel’s design is based on Coral Energy, enhanced with technological innovations and construction adaptations for extreme cold weather conditions, thereby giving her the 1A Super ice class classification.”
Anthony Veder operates a fleet of more than 30 gas tankers of which seven gas tankers are fueled by LNG. The Rotterdam based shipping company employs over 1,000 people.
The construction of Coral EnergICE was funded with the first sustainable shipping loan, fully certified in accordance with the Clean Shipping Index Guidelines by Bureau Veritas, who also verified the sustainable credentials of the transaction.
Compared to other marine fuels, LNG as a marine fuel drastically cuts both sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. It is recognized by the shipping industry as the most viable alternative fuel for the reduction of emissions. Due to the LNG capabilities of Coral EnergICE, the Business Sector’s NOx fund has granted support for the development of this vessel.
Source: Anthony Veder