Keel Laying of the World’s First LNG Hybrid Barge in Komárno

By Peter Pospiech at January 30, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, Hybrid system, LNG fuel

The keel laying of the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge took place at a ceremony held at the ”SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery“ shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia in the second week of the new year. In  the  presence  of  representatives  of  the  shipyard,  AIDA  Cruises,  Becker  Marine  Systems  and Hybrid Port Energy (a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems and the barge shipping company), the laying of the keel was carried out following the tradition of placing a coin on the keel block prior to lowering the first section.
The start of cooperation between Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises preceded this keel laying  in  the  summer  of  2012,  with  the  aim  of  supplying  environmentally  friendly  electricity  to cruise ships during their layovers at port. The LNG Hybrid Barge currently under construction for this is equipped with 5 generators from Zeppelin Power Systems. These produce a total power of 7.5 MW (50/60 Hz) but with zero emissions of sulphur oxides and soot particles. The generators will be the first marine classified LNG Caterpillar engines to be delivered to customers.

The LNG Hybrid Barge will be delivered in the summer of 2014 – just two years after the project began.
The 74.0 m long, 11.4 m wide and approx. 1.7 m draught barge will be stationed in Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg will thus be the first one in Europe to be offering an external, environmentally friendly and low-emission power supply for cruise ships.  In addition, the LNG Hybrid Barge is equipped in such a way that other potential customers can be supplied with heat and electricity in the winter, thus further improving the barge’s “ecological footprint”.

 

Graph / image source: courtesy of Becker-Marine Systems

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