Gets the First of 15 LNG Inland Waterways Barges for Europe
As New Cardissa Participates in Historic Singapore Operation
Shell Trading Rotterdam has received the first of 15 powered barges for transporting petroleum products on European inland waterways service, that the barges “will predominantly run on liquefied natural gas.” Shell has a time-charter agreement with operator Plouvier Transport.
Separately, Singapore LNG has announced its first small-scale LNG gas-up/cool-down and reload operation at its terminal on Jurong Island, filling Shell’s newly built Cardissa LNG bunker vessel.
Shell announced its order for the 6,500-cubic-meter vessel with STX Offshore & Shipbuilding cargo in Korea in late 2014 (HHP Insight, December 5, 2014).
Gate/Gas Access to Europe
The order for the fifteen barges for Europe, as well as the pact with Plouvier, was announced in late 2015 (HHP Insight, December 28, 2015).
The 361-foot foot (110-meter) vessels for Europe will fuel at the Gate/Gas Access to Europe LNG breakbulk terminal at the Port of Rotterdam.
The initial barge, named Stuttgart, “will support Shell’s growing business in trading and transporting refined oil products” in the ARA/Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp and Rhinetrack (Germany-Switzerland) regions, Shell says.
LNG Power to Transport Gasoline
“These innovative new vessels will enable a step-change in the safety and environmental performance of our barge fleet,” Shell Shipping & Maritime VP Grahaeme Henderson said when the deal for the 15 LNG-diesel dual fuel vessels was announced.
“Chartering these cutting-edge vessels from owners who share our vision helps drive innovation in the barge sector, and we are proud to be leading in the development of LNG as a cleaner fuel for shipping,” Henderson said in a release.
Products to be carried under LNG power include gasoline.
Veka, Wärtsilä, Cryonorm, Worthington-Aritas
Also according to information from the time of the initial 15-barge order announcement, hulls for the vessels are built at the Veka Shipbuilding Centromost yard in Poland, with final outfitting carried out by Veka at Werkendam, in the southern Netherlands.
The barges are powered by Wärtsilä 20DF dual fuel engines fed by Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel systems developed with Cryonorm Systems. Cryonorm engineered and manufactured the onboard gas-handling equipment including vaporizers, bunker stations, control systems, gas piping, LNG bunker pipelines and heating media, and took part in commissioning, start-up and trials.
“Their main engines provided by Wärtsilä will run on 95% to 98% LNG fuel with a small proportion of diesel used for ignition,” Shell said.
Deliveries for Two Years
The Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel systems have LNG fuel tanks manufactured in Turkey by Worthington (ex-Aritas), says an industry source. Each holds 58 cubic meters of LNG, approximately 15,300 gallons.
Shell said this month that it expects “staggered delivery of the subsequent barges between now and mid-2019.”
The second hull, for a barge to be named Bristol, has just been delivered to Veka in Holland, says the F&F source.
Singapore LNG Takes Care
The June 18-20 loading of Shell’s 6,500-cubic-meter LNG bunker vessel Cardissa was conducted at the secondary jetty at the Singapore LNG’s at Jurong Island facility, which was designed to accommodate much larger LNG carriers. “Detailed compatibility studies were carried out in advance to ensure that the vessel could safely call at the jetty,” Singapore LNG said.
“Among other things,” states the release, “compatibility studies involved checking whether the vessel’s equipment would be able to connect with the equipment at the Secondary Jetty, and the marine conditions needed to ensure that the operations could be conducted smoothly.
“Prior to this, the smallest LNG carrier that had called at the SLNG Terminal for unloading or reloading was about 65,000 cubic meters in size.”
‘LNG Supply Hub for the Region’
“The successful completion of our first small scale LNG reload operation is significant as it demonstrates the SLNG Terminal’s ability to play the role of LNG supply hub for the region,” Singapore LNG CEO John Ng said in the reload announcement.
“The Terminal,” he said, “is able to break LNG cargos into smaller parcels and facilitate deliveries of small volumes of LNG to other terminals in the region, or as bunker fuel to ships in our port.
“We are already looking ahead to further enhance our capabilities in this area, by exploring possible modifications to our Secondary Jetty to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000 cubic meters. This is expected to come onstream in 2019.”
Cardissa to Rotterdam This Summer
Singapore, regarded as the world’s largest bunkering center for conventional ships, has long been preparing for the commercial advent of LNG as a marine fuel (HHP Insight, February 13, 2014).
Regarding the new Cardissa, “We are pleased to have accepted the delivery of our LNG bunker vessel from STX,” a Shell spokesman in Houston told F&F, “and look forward to it arriving safely in Rotterdam this summer.”
Corculum cardissa, aka heart cockle, is a species of marine bivalve mollusk, says Wikipedia.
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Source: Shell & Singapore LNG with F&F follow-up