SCHULTE GROUP PROPOSES NEW LNG BUNKER VESSEL DESIGN

Sep 8, 2022 | Uncategorised, Ship design & naval architecture news

Schulte Group has presented its next generation design for an LNG bunker vessel (LBV), based on the group’s experience as an LNG bunker vessel owner and operator.

The innovative LBV design is said to be easy-to-use, fulfils present and known future requirements for at-sea LNG bunker deliveries and reduces last-mile costs. The design does away with the need for fenders and spacer pontoons, which take time and manpower to manually deploy, replacing them with an integrated outrigging system that is compatible with any vessel type and can be operational in five minutes with the push of a button. The same applies to the telescopic crane, which extends some 40m over the water and can be adjusted to any required reach. The vessel fits with all known and soon-to-come LNG-fuelled vessels. It features warming-up, gas freeing and aeration equipment to prepare LNG-fuelled vessels for drydock, and flexible design options so that the LBV can be tailored to specific requirements. The bunker vessel can be operated by a smaller crew whilst still ensuring high safety standards.

All of these components are geared towards reducing Capex and Opex costs for owners and operators, and ultimately will achieve low last-mile costs for the LNG-fuel industry, including the LNG-fuelled client vessels.

Johan Lillieskold, Gas Solutions Specialist, LNG Competence Centre, Schulte Group said: “We examined the market’s current requirements and recognised the need for a straightforward LNG fuel vessel that reduces the cost of last-mile delivery for vessel operators. We have gone back to the drawing board and defined the operational specifications of what the ideal LNG bunker vessel should offer, doing away with any additional or unnecessary gear and cumbersome operations.”

The LBV has been designed to maximise operational compatibility, including: vessels with protruding structures from the hull, such as those typically found on cruise liners with protruding lifeboats, deck structure and balconies; vessels with short bodies such as high-speed, slender container vessels; those with high freeboards including large crude oil and bulk carriers.

Lillieskold said: “The number of LNG-fuelled vessels planned to enter into operation in the next few years is significant as operators increasingly turn to LNG to reduce environmentally and climate harmful emissions. The current arrangements for LNG bunkers, both land based and sea based, will not be sufficient or suitable for the increasing volume of LNG-fuelled tonnage planned for future years. This new flexible vessel design will serve both today’s tonnage and future newbuilds.”

Schulte Group’s LBV has been developed in accordance with the IGC Code and other IMO regulations. It complies with and is prepared for new and future decarbonising rules and regulations including IMO CII and EU Fit-For-55. In this context, measures are either built into the design or available for future upgrade with, for example, a battery hybrid solution or retrofitted for hydrogen power. In combination with a battery hybrid solution and ‘green’ shore power, depending on the operation profile, the vessel could operate largely carbon-emissions free.

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