World’s First LNG Coaster Nears Completion

By Keith Henderson at April 17, 2012 07:53
Filed Under: Company News, Industry Events

A specially designed coaster for the supply of fish feed to fish farms on the Norwegian coast will be the world’s first LNG-powered coaster. The M/S Høydal, was built at the Tersan Shipyard, Turkey for NSK Shipping, Norway. The ship will operate along the Norwegian coast on a long-term charter for BioMar, Norway. When she enters service in May 2012 with her 2200 t capacity of fish feed she will become the world’s largest fish feed cargo vessel.

Caption: Artist impression of the world’s first LNG fueled coaster, the 2,200t M/S Høydal
Image credit: Tersan / NSK Shipping

The 2,650 dwt vessel has an LOA of 230 ft (70 m), beam 52 ft (16 m) and draft of 20 ft (6.2 m) and will be powered by a single Rolls-Royce Bergen C25:33L6P engine rated at 1,650 kW at 1,000 rpm operating on LNG. Propulsion is by a Rolls-Royce CP propeller and the maximum speed is 14 kn.

The is a 3,200 ct ft (90 m3) LNG tank on board and refueling is planned to be supplied from a permanent bunkering facility near the BioMar factory, once a week. Natural gas (LNG) propulsion will make the vessel environmentally friendly and reduce emissions of NOx (nitrogen oxides) by over 90 per cent.

A feature of the ship is a Graintec Cargo rapid discharge system allowing a fish feed discharge rate of up to 7,000 cu ft / hour (200 m3 /h).

The added capital cost of the LNG installation will be repaid through reduced fuel costs and taxes. The project is partly financed by the Norwegian NOx Fund (tax incentives) which will cover US dollar $3.13 million (NOK 18M) of the estimated total added cost of US dollar 4.87 million (NOK 28M).

Caption: A six cylinder Bergen C25:33L6P propulsion engine.
Image credit: Rolls-Royce Bergen

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Coastal vessels.

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