Titan LNG, an Amsterdam-based liquefied natural gas supplier to industrial customers and the shipping sector in the Netherlands, managed the first de-bunkering of a LNG powered inland waterway barge in May this year. The procedure was carried out for the Greenstream in the Dutch port of Moerdijk.
The procedure was executed in close collaboration between Amulet Management & Services (ship management services), Cryonorm (LNG equipment and services), Titan LNG and the Port of Moerdijk with support from the Port of Rotterdam. All stakeholders, including charterer Shell, shipper Interstream and Lloyds participated in the project and provided feedback on the safety protocols made specifically for this ship-to-ship transfer.
The Greenstream is the first fully LNG-powered barge operating in Northwest Europe. The Barge needed to return to the shipyard with empty LNG storage tanks. The involved parties decided to transfer the LNG into her sister Barge, the Green Rhine at the port of Moerdijk.
“The transfer of the LNG was completed quickly to the satisfaction and high standards of all parties involved. After the transfer most of the remaining methane was consumed using the engine and then the tanks were purged with nitrogen”, commented Michael Schaap, Marine Advisor Titan LNG.
(Source: Titan LNG)