New Natural Gas driven Ferry for Helgoland Service

By Peter Pospiech at December 26, 2013 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Ferries, LNG fuel, Shipyards
Shipping Company Cassen Eils, Cuxhaven, part of AG Ems shipping company, has charged shipyard Fassmer GmbH, Berne, to build a new innovative ferry which is intended to do service between Cuxhaven, maybe also Hamburg, and the Island of Helgoland. It is the first new build of the company which will feature natural gas propulsion. The new ferry features a special designed hull, with this the vessel will have very special sea-keeping characteristics. The ships length is of 79,90 m, it’s width is of 12,40 m and the depth is of 3,60 m. A dynamical stabilizer system supports comfort on board the vessel. The still existing HELGOLAND will be taken out of service in 2015 when the "Green Ship" with gas propulsion is ready The ship can carry 1.000 passengers. The state-of-the-art passenger area features an open atrium with a glass elevator, several decks, large gastronomy, spacious sun-decks and a sky-bar. A Cargo compartment carries cargo of all kinds. Additional cargo space allows up to t... [More]

New Mobile PowerShip Will do What it Says on the Tin

By George Backwell at December 14, 2013 03:34
Filed Under: General, LNG fuel
The Mobile Powership will be the world’s first floating electricity generating station powered by LNG, capable of  travelling from one place to another to supply power wherever it’s needed. Not only is the PowerShip a smart solution to the surging (and often unmet) demand for electricity in developing countries, but the mobile power plant can play a vital role in natural disaster relief as well. PowerShip Rendering courtesy of HHI This unique vessel is being developed following recent signature of a Memorandum of Understanding by Polaris Shipping, Korea Midland Power, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HII) and Siemens Energy Solutions. The aim is to install an efficient, environmentally friendly power generating plant onto a  FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) which apparently has never before been attempted.The consortium, which will invest US$940-million in the enterprise,  expects that the Mobile PowerShip will be ready to begin its operation by December ... [More]

LNG to be available in Hamburg and Bremerhaven by 2015

By Peter Pospiech at November 27, 2013 05:32
Filed Under: Company News, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Ports
Bomin Linde LNG starts the implementation process for both terminals The plans for building and operating the two terminals in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the future hubs of the German coastal LNG supply, have come to maturity. Currently, Bomin Linde LNG is finalising preparations to enable manufacturing of the key parts and prompt construction of the LNG facilities. The terminals will be installed on a modular basis and will have sufficient flexibility to quickly meet a rise in demand. Starting from the strategic hubs Hamburg and Bremerhaven, neighbouring ports such as Kiel, Lübeck, Rostock or Wilhelmshaven can be reliably supplied with LNG. "We are fully on track with the projects and will be able to provide ships in all German ports along the North and Baltic Sea with LNG as a clean fuel," said Bomin Linde LNG Managing Director Ruben Benders. "This is an important step to establishing LNG as a marine fuel," added Mahinde Abeynaike, also Managing Director of Bomin Linde LNG. "The s... [More]

New Low-Pressure DF 2-Stroke Engine From Wärtsilä Rolls Out Q3 2014

By George Backwell at November 22, 2013 22:03
Filed Under: LNG fuel, Marine Diesel Engines
The remarkable significance of a new marine diesel technology just announced by Wärtsilä is that the low pressure, dual-fuel (gas/liquid fuel) benefits that are already available to 4-stroke engines, can now be applied to 2-stroke engines as well, thus making the  technology available to the broader merchant shipping market. The test engine: Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä Wärtsilä, having announced the successful full scale testing on gas of an RT-flex50DF engine, say that the marine industry is already showing significant interest, evidenced by the fact that more than 130 industry executives from 89 leading shipping companies attended the recent introductory event in Trieste, Italy.  In his opening speech at the event, Jaakko Eskola, Senior Executive Vice President and President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, stated: “Dual-fuel engine technology is the future; it is a tide that cannot be turned back. Gas is certain to play an increasingly imp... [More]

LNG Global Bunkering Safety Standards RP Tabled by DNV GL

By George Backwell at October 19, 2013 00:26
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel
Classification Society DNV GL has published the draft of a Recommended Practice (RP) for maritime LNG bunkering which after a six-week consultation period will be published as a practical guide to help authorities, LNG bunker suppliers and ship operators undertake LNG bunkering safely and efficiently. This article overviews their initiative. LNG bunkering: Rendering courtesy of DNV GL Currently, 83 LNG-fuelled ships are in operation or on order worldwide, ranging from passenger ferries, Coast Guard ships and cargo vessels to tankers and platform supply vessels. Estimates put the global LNG-fuelled fleet at 3,200 by the year 2025. With the EU poised to invest in helping equip 139 seaports and inland ports with LNG bunker stations by 2025, the time seemed  ripe to DNV GL for it to set out RP’s for the design and operation of LNG bunkering on a global  scale. But roughly, what dangers are inherent in LNG bunkering?LNG release by accidentAt atmospheric pressure, LNG will bo... [More]

Rolls-Royce powers world's first tug driven by natural gas engines

By Peter Pospiech at October 15, 2013 03:31
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards, Workboats
Rolls-Royce has congratulated Sanmar Shipyard for the completion of the world's first gas powered tug, in a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, this weekend. Sanmar has completed the first of two tugs for Norwegian customer Buksér og Berging, which each feature two Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33L6PG engines fueled purely by natural gas (stored as LNG), with a combined output of 3,410kW (1,705 kW each) at 1,000 rev/min.The lean-burn engines operates on the Otto cycle with mixture compression and an external ignition source.A rich gas/air mix in a precombustion chamber is ignited and forms a strong ignition source for the very lean mixture in the cylinder for knock-free combustion. The engines are direct coupled to Rolls-Royce azimuthing Z-drives mounted aft in ASD configuration with controllable pitch propellers. Also, the new hull and propulsion system will achieve up to 20% higher thrust efficiency compared to standard designs. The LNG system is designed by AGA Cryo and comprises an ... [More]

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]

Wärtsilä delivers dual-fuel engines to Danish environmentally sound ferry

By Peter Pospiech at August 27, 2013 08:26
Filed Under: Company News, Ferries, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards
This order is for the first Danish ferry to be operated on LNG fuel. The ferry project sets an environmental benchmark for inland ferries, and is being closely followed by other municipalities and governmental bodies in Denmark and abroad. Wärtsilä, is to supply the main propulsion generating sets for a new, environmentally sound, double ended ferry. The ship, which is the first gas fuelled ferry for a domestic route in Denmark, will operate between Jutland and the island of Samsø and will carry passengers, cars and trucks. The vessel, designed by the Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S, will be built for the Danish municipality Samsø Kommune by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. Wärtsilä signed the contract in June. Rendering of the new ferry The ferry will be powered by four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines running on natural gas and will have extremely low emission levels. The dual-fuel engine technology pioneered by Wärtsilä all... [More]

MAN agrees use of DSME HP gas system

By Peter Pospiech at August 21, 2013 06:01
Filed Under: Company News, LNG fuel, MAN Diesel&Turbo
TOTE’s 3,100TEU container ships, the world’s first Natural Gas-fuelled boxships, will be powered by MAN ME-GI engines with DSME’s HP-FGS technology Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has announced a patent license agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo for use of the DSME high pressure-fuelled gas supply (HP-FGS) system. Under the terms of the contract, details of which are being kept confidential, MAN will use DSME’s HP-FGS system patents and licenses for its two-stroke Natural Gas propulsion based commercial vessel projects.  DSME believes this to be a significant development in gas fuelled ship technology, as with a claimed 80% market share, MAN Diesel & Turbo enjoys a leading position in large two-stroke marine engines. As the first orders for two-stroke marine engines using Natural Gas fuel have been for MAN’s ME-GI engines, DSME says that “this patent contract is expected to bring out great ripple effects to related industries... [More]

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as engine fuel?

By Peter Pospiech at June 18, 2013 04:16
Filed Under: Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel
To be honest: being a Graduated Engineer for Ship Operation Technology of the “old school” and for around 18 years up to now a specialized shipping journalist with a particular focus on combustion engines, I’m pretty much, let me say it politely: confused!  Wherever you read an article about gas fuelled engines everybody speaks about LNG-fuelled engines! Lately I read an article in the pretty much well-known daily German newspaper THB (Täglicher Hafenbericht=Daily Port Report) where the following is mentioned: “…Both ferries (Stavangerfjord and Bergensfjord) will be driven solely with liquefied gas (LNG) instead with heavy fuel”. But is this correct? Most important question: what is LNG and why do we have LNG? Natural gas (NG) is a mixture of different gases consisting primarily of methane. The higher the methane content (more than 90%) the better. Because the high methane number (MN) influences positively the combustion process. It is usu... [More]

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