‘Independence of the Availability of LNG Bunker Facilities’
Hamburg’s Marine Service GmbH is promoting a liquefied natural gas fuel tank container it says can serve as a mobile fueler where LNG bunkering infrastructure is lacking – and, with an ancillary control unit, as an LNG fuel tank for existing ships.
The 40 feet standard container “provides a reliable and safe solution for two of the main issues concerning the use of LNG as marine fuel,” the company says: “the limited availability due to the lack of infrastructure and the issue of [ship] reconstruction as well as the operation of existing fleets.”
One of the key problems regarding the change toward the environmentally sound gas, Marine Service adds, “is the infrastructural limitation outside of Scandinavia.”
“Worldwide there are only a few LNG bunker facilities outside of Norway. Ships that use LNG as fuel today are facing considerable impairments,” Marine Service marketing and LNG Division director Jörg Redlin says it a release.
The new Marine Service LNG container “provides a practicable and technical reliable alternative.”
“The LNG Fuel Tank Containers can be loaded aboard like every other IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) container,” Redlin says. “Ships using these containers achieve independence of the availability of LNG bunker facilities.”
Vacuum insulation allows the full containers to stand for up to 80 days, Marine Service says. Their structural frame allows them to be stacked six-high.
For Marine Service LNG Fuel Tank Containers used as fuel tanks on a ship modified for LNG propulsion, the company has designed a separate control unit, or gas control valve group, supported by a gas handling unit deployed in a separate container and installed next to the fuel containers.
Alexander Harsema-Mensonides is senior engineer, business development, at Marine Service.
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Source: Marine Service GmbH with Fleets & Fuels follow-up