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Lindanger - World’s First Methanol Fueled Tanker
Builder: Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
Launched at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, the newly built Lindanger has become the world’s first methanol fueled ocean-going vessel. The ship is the first of two dual-fueled 50,000 dwt tankers owned by Norwegian firm Westfal-Larsen that will be chartered to global marine transportation company Waterfront Shipping.
With a MAN designed Hyundai–B&W 6G50ME-9.3 ME-LGI dual-fuel, two-stroke engine on board, the Lindanger can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gasoil. Lindanger has been assigned the additional notation LFL FUELLED to demonstrate its compliance with the DNV GL rules for low flash point marine fuels. “We are very pleased to see the completion and launch of this exciting and innovative newbuilding,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO at DNV GL – Maritime. “This is the first time a dual-fuel engine with a Low Flashpoint Liquid (LFL) fuel system has been installed on an ocean-going vessel and it is a testament to the excellent cooperation between all the project partners that we have been able to complete this unique project and gain flag state approval. Methanol as a marine fuel is a very promising option to enable owners to reduce the environmental impact of their vessels and to comply with low sulfur and ECA regulations and we look forward to working on many more projects using this innovative marine fuel and technology.”
Lindanger is the first in a series of seven vessels which will be chartered by Waterfront Shipping over the course of 2016. Four of the seven vessels are being built to DNV GL class, including two vessels owned by Westfal-Larsen, the Lindanger and a sister ship, and two owned by a joint venture between Marinvest/Skagerack Invest and Waterfront Shipping. Three additional ships, where DNV GL carried out a hazard identification study, will be owned by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). Waterfront is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methanex Corp, the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol, and operates a fleet of 22 deep sea tankers of between 3,000 dwt and 50,000 dwt, which are used for transporting methanol worldwide.
Type: Tanker for chemicals and oil products with LFL fueled engine
LOA: 186 m
LBP: 177 m
Breadth: 32.2 m
Depth: 19.1 m
Deadweight: 49,999 dwt
Speed: 15.8 knots
Main engine: Hyundai–B&W 6G50ME-9.3 LGI (Tier II)
Output: 10,320 kW at 100 rpm
(As published in the December 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News)