Hamburg Welcomes LNG-Powered Vessel

press release
Thursday, June 21, 2012
LNG-fueled KV BARENTSHAV, a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel.

Premiere in Hamburg: First LNG-powered ship in the Port of Hamburg – A challenge for the port and initial experience from Norway.


At the Überseebrücke pier, the Port of Hamburg has for the first time been able to welcome an LNG-fuelled ship. The KV BARENTSHAV belongs to the Norwegian Coastguard fleet, and is deployed on fisheries controls, sea rescue, policing, Customs inspections and environmental checks within Norwegian territorial waters. The speciality of the ship is its environmentally friendly driven motor: Instead of diesel fuel the KV BARENTSHAV is powered in normal conditions by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The occasion for the ship’s visit between 19 and 21 June 2012 was the “LNG – the Norwegian Experience” conference of experts organized in Hamburg by the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce along with Innovation Norway and the classification society DNV Germany.


Propulsion of the KV BARENTSHAV is through a propeller, driven mechanically either via the main engine or a gas-fuelled electric motor. Two engine-rooms and tanks are available for this, one for diesel propulsion and one for gas operation using LNG. The four gas-fuelled engines producing power for the electric motor start and stop automatically, depending on the power requirement. The diesel engine only comes into use for towing assignments and special runs at high speeds of up to 20 knots.  The 93.0 metres long and 16.6 metres beamy ship displaces 4000 tons (grt) and with a bollard pull of 100 tons is capable of holding steady a 150,000-ton tanker during a storm.
 
Against the background of environmentally friendlier shipping, LNG plays an important part, as natural gas propulsion reduces the quantity of nitrous gases by almost 90 percent by comparison to diesel fuel and of carbon dioxide by up to 20 percent. Sulphur dioxide and dust particle emissions become almost non-existent. In addition, engine wear and hence operating costs are reduced. As a result of the arrangements applying from 2015 under the regulations imposing ceilings on sulphur emissions in SECA areas (Sulphur Emission Control Areas), among these the North Sea and the Baltic, the shipping industry has stepped up its search for alternative fuels.
 
Hamburg has recognized the importance of the alternative fuel that makes sense both commercially and ecologically. The Hamburg Port Authority and Linde Group want to promote the use of LNG and are at present compiling a feasibility study on the commercial use of LNG in the Port of Hamburg. The findings of this research could be used for making a start on concrete infrastructure projects such as an LNG bunkering facility in the Port of Hamburg.  “The Port of Hamburg should be a leader for environmental friendliness and efficiency. In future propulsion systems using liquefied natural gas should be playing a part here. In worldwide cooperation we now need to create the standards and the foundations for the essential infrastructure. The Port of Hamburg performs an immensely important role as a feeder port for the Baltic and consequently we are working on the essential preliminaries for the LNG infrastructure needed in Hamburg. We are also looking into equipping newbuildings for our own fleet with LNG technology,” says HPA Managing Director Jens Meier.
 
To learn from the experiences of the pioneer in building and operating LNG-powered ships, the Port of Hamburg is communicating with experts from Norway. Norway has had gas-powered ferries for over ten years, also the necessary infrastructure for fuelling ships of this type. The appropriate regulations for the use of LNG have also been issued for the region. 14 Norwegian terminals have been designed for the storage of LNG as a marine fuel, and four of these are already in use as bunkering stations. The German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce champions the promotion of bilateral trade relations and investments between Germany and Norway. “Shipping has a green future. Norway is the worldwide leader in that field. Germany cannot miss the boat here and can learn a lot from Norway. We see it as our task to act as intermediary between the two countries and to create opportunities for cooperation,” stresses Kathrin Luze-Hercz, Deputy CEO of the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce. 
 
For shipping companies, both the retrofit of existing fleets to using LNG as fuel and also the construction of new LNG-powered ships represent possible alternatives. “An analysis of fuel choices reveals that between 10 and 15 per cent of the newbuildings delivered up to 2020 will have the capability for using LNG as fuel. This equates to about 1,000 ships,” explains Lars Sørum, Director Technology & Services, Maritime Oil & Gas for DNV Europe & North Africa. “Larger vessels will benefit more from using LNG than smaller vessels. Furthermore, a gas-fuelled engine can be justified if a ship spends about 30 per cent of its sailing time in emission control areas,” he adds. Running a ship on LNG will require a reliable supply infrastructure for LNG, e.g. with the development of bunkering facilities in the ports, and international standardization and regulations for the use and storage of LNG as fuel for ships will be important steps. For this reason, DNV is contributing within ISO for the development of internationally accepted standards for bunkering.  “In 2020, the number of ships using LNG will increase significantly with the introduction of a global sulphur limit. The analysis emphasizes the need for LNG bunker facilities. DNV is pleased to contribute to the development of the required infrastructure in Germany,” says Sørum.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Marine Propulsion

Schmiedag and Wildauer Schmiedewerke: 'We Forge Partnerships'

Olaf Wiertz, Sales Director at Schmiedag GmbH (SDG) and Wildauer Schmiedewerke GmbH & Co. KG (WSW) said: “We are more than just a supplier to our customers – we are their partner.

Lack of Ship Definition is a Threat to Investors

AKD says the lack of an unambiguous term to describe a ‘ship’ in several jurisdictions represents a potential threat to asset security for financiers, particularly

Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Polar Research Vessel

Rolls-Royce informs it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel,

Ports

TDDCL Seeks Input for New Repair Yard

Trinidad Dry Dock Company to develop new ship repair yard at Port of Spain; company requests Expressions of Interest for Environmental Impact Assessment and Geotechnical

Port of Aden Under Threat with Enemy at the Gates

As Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies stage air strikes against Shi'ite Muslim militiamen threatening to topple Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the southern

Ukraine Arrests Turkish Cargo Ship Over Crimea Port Call

Ukrainian authorities have arrested a Turkish-owned cargo ship and detained its captain over a visit it made to a port in Crimea after Russian annexed the peninsula from Ukraine last year.

Patrol Boats

Mediterranean Rescue Operations Strain Shipping

The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday describing how the increasing number of seaborne migrants making the journey from Africa to Europe has not only

17 Countries for Maritime Security Training in Indonesia

Representatives from 17 countries would take part in the sixth Maritime Security Desktop Exercise that is scheduled to be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from March 30 to April 1.

RIBCRAFT Delivers Boat to Decatur Police Department

RIBCRAFT, manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for safety professionals, law enforcement, and military agencies, announced the delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.

Marine Power

Schmiedag and Wildauer Schmiedewerke: 'We Forge Partnerships'

Olaf Wiertz, Sales Director at Schmiedag GmbH (SDG) and Wildauer Schmiedewerke GmbH & Co. KG (WSW) said: “We are more than just a supplier to our customers – we are their partner.

Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Polar Research Vessel

Rolls-Royce informs it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel,

Indonesia Partners with China on Maritime

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged increased maritime cooperation during the formers visit to China.   The joint

LNG

GAIL Seeks 7 LNG Cargoes

GAIL (India) will buy seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery from October 2015 until December 2016, according to the tender document obtained by Reuters.

Big Spending on Liquefaction Terminals

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities is expected to total $259 billion over the forecast period 2015-2019, according to

Studies Show U.S. Offshore’s Untapped Potential

While short-term news emanating from the global energy sector was universally negative in the waning months of 2014 as the price per barrel continued to plummet below $60,

Coast Guard

Mediterranean Rescue Operations Strain Shipping

The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday describing how the increasing number of seaborne migrants making the journey from Africa to Europe has not only

Greek Ferry Still Stuck

The Greek ferry that ran aground just outside of port on the Aegean Island of Kassos Wednesday night is still stuck. The 227 passengers and 55 crew aboard the

USCG Conducting Ice Flushing Operations

The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season

Classification Societies

DNV GL - Maritime CEO Addresses Cybersecurity at CMA 2015

“Ships and offshore structures are becoming more and more interconnected,” said Tor Svensen, CEO DNV GL - Maritime, when taking the stage at this year’s CMA

Lloyd's Launches 2015 Container Certification Scheme

Lloyd’s Register launched its 2015 Container Certification Scheme today to give a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly.

Attracting, Retaining Talent - IRS Shows the Way Forward

At a time when the global shipping industry is going through an unprecedented and extended downturn, the overriding challenge is to stay afloat and wait for the tide to turn.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3599 sec (3 req/sec)