It’s the Firm’s First, and Is Being Built in The Netherlands
Rotterdam-based Van Oord has ordered its first liquefied natural gas-fueled vessel, the 224-foot (68.4-meter) Werkendam, now under construction at the Neptune shipyard in in Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
The crane-equipped workboat “will generally be deployed to Netherlands-based projects executed by subsidiary Paans Van Oord,” the company says.
Werkendam will be fitted with a 38-cubic-meter (10,000-gallon) fuel tank on the aft deck. The LNG will fuel three 475-kilowatt (637-horsepower) generators with LNG-fueled MAN Rollo engines, which will in turn power the vessel’s two 550-kilowatt propulsion units, a 450-kilowatt bow-thruster and hotel loads.
MAN Rollo expects to supply the MAN E3262LE201, says sales engineer Marco Kok.
‘Twelve Months to Build’
“It will take about twelve months to build the crane vessel,” Van Oord says. “After completion, the vessel will be able to run on LNG, with gas oil as backup,” states the release.
“Werkendam will be able to store enough LNG on board to sail and operate for fourteen days without bunkering LNG.”
“Energy efficiency is one of the top items on our sustainability agenda,” Van Oord ship management staff director Jaap de Jong, says in the Werkendam announcement.
“To reduce our carbon footprint, we are researching the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and biofuel. With this investment, we will be gaining experience of LNG-powered vessels and the related benefits.”
“Smart features,” says Van Ood will allow Werkendam to use less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide “without compromising operational production.” Advanced sensors “will provide crew members with an insight into energy consumption, enabling them to respond appropriately.”
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Source: Van Oord with Fleets & Fuels follow-up