An 8,000 m3 inland waterways LNG bunker barge has had its keel laid by Turkey’s RMK Shipyard, as reported by Riviera.
Long-term time charter
The vessel is being constructed in Tuzla by the yard for LNG Shipping, a partnership between the Belgian bunker company Victrol and the provider of inland waterways services Sogestran Group.
The barge will be handed to Shell under a long-term time charter for use in operations in the ports of Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam once it is finished in Q2 2024. (ARA).
The barge will be built at RMK Shipyard, with MAN Energy Systems supplying the gas engines and Gas&Heat SpA providing the vessel’s tanks and cargo handling system.
With this barge, LNG Shipping will increase both its internal technical competence in the engine and BOG management systems and its expertise in safe LNG bunkering.
The first inland-waterway LNG bunker barge in Europe, LNG London, is already owned by LNG Shipping. Since July 2019, Shell has been running the 3,000 m3 bunker barge.
“The new barge significantly expands Shell’s portfolio of LNG Bunker assets in the ARA region, reinforcing our expansion plans for Marine LNG and collaboration within the shipping industry to migrate to lower-carbon fuels,” said Tahir Faruqui, head of downstream at Shell.
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