Natural Gas Use is on the rise for European Inland Waterway Shipping

By Peter Pospiech at September 19, 2013 04:28
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards
On third of September the second inland navigation tanker, which is also powered by natural gas, has been christened by the President of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, Ms Belliard, in Rotterdam. The launch of the GreenRhine tanker took place at the Port of Rotterdam in the presence of representatives from the Dutch and European inland navigation sectors, local and regional authorities, suppliers, Interstream Barging (from whom Shell has chartered the ship) and Peters Shipyards, the company that built the ship. The sister ship GREENSTREAM is absolutely equivalent to the newbuild GREEN RHINE The GreenRhine is the second of two gas-electrically inland navigation tankers that Shell is chartering for the transport of mineral products on the Rhine. The GreenRhine is absolutely equal to the first natural gas powered vessel Greenstream. They feature many innovations in the fields of safety and energy efficiency. For example, rather than a single large engine like trad... [More]

Sandfirden Technics’ introduces new developed LNG-gensets for marine use

By Peter Pospiech at May 26, 2013 04:31
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For the brand-new gas/electric-powered inland shipping tanker mts Greenstream, Sandfirden Technics located in Den Oever, The Netherlands, has developed a series of special Scania gas generator sets. Each of the sets, power output at 285 kWe, runs on 100% natural gas. They are the very first natural gas engines which have been marinised and classified in the power range of up to 300 kWe. The engines are based on Scania’s diesel engines. They have been modified in close cooperation between Sandfirden and Scania. Features of the SGI-12 and SGI-16 gas engines are single cylinder heads with 4-valve technic, heavy-duty industrial glow plugs, with an appr. durability of 2.000 operation hours ensures 100% reliability in service and low maintenance costs. The mechanical output, available at the flywheel, is between 205 and 300 kW (COP) at 1.500 and 1.800 rpm. This is a very much appreciated feature because of the lower gas consumption and, of course, the lower noise emission. Thanks to th... [More]

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