LNG hybrid barge hosts Dutch royal couple

LNG hybrid barge hosts Dutch royal couple

Becker Marine’s LNG Hybrid Barge, the Hummel, recently hosted the Dutch royal couple, Willem-Alexander and Máxima.

This year for the first time the Hummel will be supplying mobile and low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg, the company said in a statement. Interest in the LNG Hybrid Barge is thus already quite large.

“We are working together with Dutch partners on the LNG Hybrid Barge,” said Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, both Managing Directors of Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems, which was a reason for Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to stop by.

The liquefied natural gas is also delivered by Shell Gasnor in gas containers via the “Gate LNG Terminal” from Rotterdam, Becker Marine added in its statement.

Prior to the visit, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima had attended the “LNG — full speed ahead” symposium at the Hamburg Fischauktionshalle.

“We can also imagine deploying an LNG Hybrid Barge at the Port of Rotterdam,” said Lehmann and Kuhlmann.

The use of the environmentally-friendly ship fuel can significantly improve the air quality of the port city. Becker Marine Systems’ barge works like a floating power plant. 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.


LNG World News Staff; Image: Becker Marine

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