Vessel for Rhine Work Said First with Dedicated Natural Gas
Greenstream, said to be the world’s first dedicated-LNG powered barge, has been launched by Peters Shipyards in The Netherlands. It is the first of two such vessels for transporting liquid products on the Rhine River for Shell.
Greenstream was launched at a christening ceremony attended by Shell CEO Peter Voser. It is “a first for Shell and for the inland marine industry,” Shell said.
“We are thrilled to see this first LNG powered barge in operation,” Shell shipping and maritime VP Grahaeme Henderson said in a release. “Through innovation, a shared vision and a great deal of dedication, LNG powered barging has become a reality.
“Shell anticipates a bright future for LNG as a fuel in both coastal and inland shipping as it can help customers meet strict emissions standards such as those that are due to apply on the Rhine,” Henderson said.
Greenstream will be managed by the Dutch-based Interstream Barging. It has been launched on schedule and will start operating on the Rhine in the next few weeks, Shell says.
Scania-Sandfirden, Cryonorm, Cryovat
The vessel has four small efficient engines rather than one large engine as in traditional barges, Shell says, allowing power to be varied “as less is required to travel downstream than upstream with potential for fuel savings.”
The dedicated-natural gas engines are by Scania-Sandfirden with LNG fuel tanks and fuel systems by Cryonorm Projects and Cryovat-Rootselaar, respectively.
Interstream will operate the new powered barge on behalf of Shell in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
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Source: Shell release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up