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PoseidonMed LNG bunkering project moves ahead

PoseidonMed LNG bunkering project moves ahead
The PoseidonMed LNG bunkering project came to Posidonia yesterday in a forum comprising many of the key partners in the initiative.

“The project is addressing the commercial, financing, regulatory and technical drivers to see the first LNG fuelled ship in operation in the Eastern Mediterranean,” explained conference chairman Nick Brown, Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) global brand and external relations manager

Project partners outlined latest developments including upgraded storage capacity work underway at the Revithoussa LNG Terminal just outside the Port of Piraeus, where a third tank is under construction to meet anticipated demand.

Christos Lampridis, secretary general of Ports, Port Policy and Maritime Investments at the Greek Ministry of Shipping, also spoke enthusiastically about the prospects for gas-fuelled ships. 

Panos Mitrou, LR’s Piraeus based technology & innovation manager and project lead on PoseidonMed, pointed out that the LNG project would be followed by ELEMED, an initiative to provide shore based electricity to ships in order to reduce emissions. “Watch this space – clean shipping is coming to our region,” he said.

Earlier in the day a ceremony took place on LR’s exhibition stand to mark the class society’s granting of Approval in Principle (AiP) for a 6,600 cu m LNG bunker vessel design from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD). Based on Zeebrugge LNG terminal requirements, the design will be capable of supplying both small scale requirements and the current maximum expected requirements for large vessels such as containerships of up to 20,000 teu trading worldwide.

Compliant with the requirements of the revised IGC Code, the design incorporates two cylindrical type ‘C’ tanks, reliquefaction plant, a new and sophisticated loading arm and high manoeuvrability for safe operations. The design is available in both single and twin screw with different propeller options.