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First gas-bunkering tanker on order

First gas-bunkering tanker on order
Jahre Marine AS has announced an order for the world’s first seagoing LNG carrier specifically for at-sea bunkering, with the contract due to be finalised in three months.  

The vessel, with a capacity of 6,200 cu m, is to be constructed at Chinese shipyard Avic Dingheng, with an option for a further vessel, and delivery slated for 2015.

Powered by Rolls-Royce gas propulsion, the vessel will be operated out of the recently-opened Gate terminal at the Port of Rotterdam, and employed in at-sea LNG bunkering operations. LNG fuel will be taken from the vessel’s aft cargo tank. The design includes non-pressurised IMO A tanks developed by Torgy LNG AS.

Funding was provided to Jahre Marine AS for the vessel from a number of parties, including Innovation Norway and the Nox infrastructure fund. If the vessel is a success, Jahre hints at the possibility of larger LNG bunkering vessels in the future.

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