Last Saturday, trial supply of power to the first technical systems on board the AIDA sol by the LNG Hybrid Barge at Hamburg’s Hafencity completed successfully.
Event Date : Morning of 30th May 2015
Event Place : Port of Hamburg
Ship involved : AIDAsol and LNG Hybrid Barge
What helped : LNG Hybrid Barge’s five gas-powered engines
Dignitaries present : Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation (Hamburg) as well as Jens Kerstan, Senator for Environment and Energy (Hamburg), and Monika Griefahn, AIDA Cruise Director for Environment and Community.
The LNG Hybrid Barge developed and operated by the Hamburg-based company works like a floating power plant that generates power via a gas container filled with 15 tonnes of LNG for low-emission transfer to the cruise ship. Overall, the barge christened the HUMMEL can generate an output of 7.5 megawatts.
Compared to conventional marine diesel with 0.1% sulphur content, the LNG Hybrid Barge emits no sulphur dioxides or soot. Emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide are also significantly reduced. The LNG Hybrid Barge is thus already deemed the cleanest option for providing shoreside electrical power (“cold ironing”) to cruise ships. For this reason, in addition to cruise ships, Becker Marine Systems would in future like to offer environmentally friendly LNG technology to container ships, bulkers and tankers as well.
“With this successful premiere, the Port of Hamburg is serving as a global role model”, said Lehmann and Kuhlmann. “Credit is also due to our partner AIDA Cruises, who were deeply involved in this technically challenging project,“ said Lehmann and Kuhlmann.
Apart from AIDAsol, up till now only a few other ships have been able to receive power from such a barge. “Nevertheless, to improve air quality at port cities preferably all modern seagoing vessels should be able to do this in future”, said the Managing Directors of Becker Marine Systems.