This year the Water Police that patrol the Netherlands inland waterways are experimenting with a dual fuel gasoline / CNG Honda outboard powered patrol boat. The boat is a 18 ft (5.6 m) Dolphin RIB powered by a Honda 90 VTEC outboard. In addition to the standard gasoline tank, there is a 24 US gall (90 liter) CNG tank with a capacity for 33 lbs (15 kg) of CNG, held under pressure of approx 3,000psi (~200 bar). The fuel system cold starts on gasoline and when operating temperature is reached switches over automatically to CNG and remains operating on gas under 2,000 rpm. Above that speed it switches over to gasoline to realise the full power of the engine. In practical terms, the boat can patrol all day on one tank of CNG, when speed is required, it is always available and the performance of the boat is not impaired in any way due to the dual fuel capability. The fuel cost of CNG compared to gasoline in the Netherlands is about half, giving a substantial through life cost saving. [More]
A unique Netherlands waterway tanker – the first with diesel-electric propulsion powered entirely by LNG – will soon ply the busy 2,000 km commercial waterways that connect to Europe’s industrial hub and account for about 40% of all international freight movements in the Netherlands. The LNG Greenstream Tanker, fruit of two years R&D and negotiation with statutory authorities and consultants, is scheduled to be delivered from the Kampen yard of builders Peters Shipyards later this year. The 110 m LOA river and canal tanker represents a leap in faith by owners Interstream Barging, who are putting money on their bet that LNG will become the fuel of the future on Europe’s waterways; confident enough not to hedge the bet by going for a dual-fuel engine.
LNG Greenstream Tanker: Image credit Peters Shipyards
LNG Greenstream Tanker – Design
LNG bunker fuel stored in cyrogenic fuel tanks under approximately 2 bar at – 162ºC is carried on deck i... [More]