The consortium LNG for Short Sea Shipping, which focuses on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as bunker fuel in the Short Sea Shipping sector, has selected eight ships for the application of LNG as a transport fuel. The selection took place in close co-operation between the consortium partners. New designs, new buildings as well as existing ships of Wagenborg Shipping, Damen Shipyards Bergum, Meyer Werft and Conoship International were selected for scenario development.
The sizes of these ships vary in length from about 80 to 160 metres and in tonnage from about 2.500 to 15.000 DWT. Research for these ships starts with determination of the cost for implementation and use of LNG systems. The results of this research activities will be compared with scrubber technology and low sulphur marine diesel.
Each of these ships has its own specific operational profile, providing a general insight in the feasibility of LNG for a certain ship type and its sailing route and cruising speed. Not only cargo vessels are investigated in this phase. Also attention will be paid to ferries, bunker vessels and dredgers operating in coastal waters.
For each scenario the most attractive technical, operational and economic alternative will be determined. The parties envision to share and exchange knowledge within the consortium and opportunities to further develop LNG as a transport fuel for the maritime sector.
LNG for Short Sea Shipping has the following partners: Bureau Veritas, CMTI, Cofely West Industrie, Conoship International, Cryonorm Projects, Damen Shipyards Bergum, Econosto, Koers & Vaart, Lloyds Register, LNG24, Meyer Werft, Pon Power, Rolls Royce Marine, Sandfirden Technics, VIV, Wagenborg Shipping and Wärtsilä.
The project is supported by the Netherlands government’s TKI (Topconsortia for knowledge and innovation) Gas within the Topsector Energy and Ministry of Economic Affairs and lasts until December 2014.
(Source: LNG for Short Sea Shipping)