Becker Marine’s hybrid barge receives first LNG load

Becker Marine's hybrid barge receives first LNG load

Becker Marine Systems informed that the first container with LNG fuel has now arrived in the Hanseatic City, to supply the Hummel (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge.

The barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg.

As part of the LNG Hybrid Barge’s testing programme, the first gas container for the marine fuel was delivered on Monday.

“The testing of the gas engines at the Port of Hamburg is a first for both the classification society and participating authorities,” said Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, both Managing Directors of Becker Marine Systems.

The gas container from Shell Ganor, represented by Aksel Skjervheim, Marine LNG Business Development Manager, was formally delivered to Becker Marine Systems at the Blohm + Voss shipyard. The container with the marine fuel had previously made the journey from the Fluxys LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge, Belgium to Hamburg.

The barge works like a floating power plant and uses low-emission LNG to supply environmentally-friendly energy to cruise ships. Compared to conventional marine diesel with 0.1% sulphur content, sulphur dioxides and soot are no longer emitted. Emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide are also significantly reduced.

The LNG Hybrid Barge, developed by Becker Marine Systems and recently christened the Hummel (bumblebee), will officially commence operations at the Port of Hamburg at the beginning of the cruise season in spring 2015.

Press Release; Image: Becker Marine Systems

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