Germany’s Port of Hamburg welcomed its first LNG ship, the Norwegian Coastguard’s KV Barentshav, at the Überseebrücke pier this month.
The vessel, said to be one of three operated by Norway, is deployed on fisheries control, sea rescue, policing, customs inspection and environmental missions within Norwegian territorial waters, states a Port press release.
The occasion for its visit to Hamburg was the LNG – the Norwegian Experience conference organized in Hamburg by the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce along with Innovation Norway and the classification society DNV Germany.
The 93-meter/305-foot ship has four dedicated-LNG engines for day-to-day use and a diesel for towing and for high-speed runs, the Port says.
“Propulsion of the KV Barentshav is through a propeller, driven mechanically either via the main engine or a gas-fueled electric motor,” states the Hamburg announcement. “Two engine-rooms and tanks are available for this, one for diesel propulsion and one for gas operation using LNG. The four gas-fueled engines producing power for the electric motor start and stop automatically, depending on the power requirement.”
‘Makes Sense Both Commercially and Ecologically’
Hamburg says it recognizes LNG as an alternative fuel “that makes sense both commercially and ecologically.”
“The Port of Hamburg should be a leader for environmental friendliness and efficiency,” said Port managing director Jens Meier. “In future, propulsion systems using liquefied natural gas should be playing a part here. In worldwide cooperation we now need to create the standards and the foundations for the essential infrastructure. The Port of Hamburg performs an immensely important role as a feeder port for the Baltic and consequently we are working on the essential preliminaries for the LNG infrastructure needed in Hamburg.
“We are also looking into equipping newbuildings for our own fleet with LNG technology,” Meier said.
The Hamburg Port notes that Norway has had natural gas-powered ferries for more than ten years, and has established the necessary fueling infrastructure and regulations. “14 Norwegian terminals have been designed for the storage of LNG as a marine fuel, and four of these are already in use as bunkering stations,” the Port says.
“Shipping has a green future. Norway is the worldwide leader in that field. Germany cannot miss the boat here and can learn a lot from Norway. We see it as our task to act as intermediary between the two countries and to create opportunities for cooperation,” said Kathrin Luze-Hercz, deputy CEO of the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.
“An analysis of fuel choices reveals that between 10 and 15% of the newbuildings delivered up to 2020 will have the capability for using LNG as fuel. This equates to about 1,000 ships,” said Lars Sørum, maritime oil and gas technology services director for DNV Europe and North Africa.
“Larger vessels will benefit more from using LNG than smaller vessels,” Sørum said.
The Hamburg Port Authority and Linde publicized an agreement earlier this year for a feasibility study on commercial LNG bunkering at Hamburg.
Linde noted in publicizing the project that as early as 1999 its Cryo AB subsidiary supplied the world’s first LNG-powered ferry, including necessary storage systems, and has since equipped nearly 40 ships in Scandinavia, with LNG supply “ensured through LNG production plants and terminals operated by Linde.”
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