LNG bunker tanker for Norway’s Coastal Express vessels

2019-08-31T11:09:18+00:00 August 31st, 2019|Technology|

Høglund has signed a contract with Bergen Tankers to deliver a cargo handling system (CHS) for the LNG bunker vessel ‘Bergen LNG’.

As part of a long-term charter with Shell Gasnor, she will be the first LNG bunkering vessel to operate in Norway, and will be retrofitted from an existing fuel oil bunkering vessel.

Previously known as ‘Oslo Tank’, the bunker tanker will operate in Bergen from the fourth quarter of next year and will serve Hurtigruten and Havila Coastal Route LNG powered cruise ships.

Høglund will supply both hardware and automation solutions, including an IMO Type ‘C’ cargo tank, cargo pumps, bunker manifolds, custody transfer system, and a ship-to-ship transfer system. The company will also provide cargo control and emergency shutdown (ESD) and ship-to-shore/ship-to-ship link systems.

The project demonstrates the growing understanding within shipping that transition to alternative fuels will require specialised, bespoke solutions – particularly when it comes to bunkering infrastructure. The range of locations where LNG will be used as a marine fuel is growing, and as such, the range of bunkering solutions is growing, the company said.

“Høglund has worked on several of the world’s current LNG bunkering vessels, and each project has demonstrated how specialist expertise is needed to integrate and control the systems of these vessels safely and reliably. Retrofits should be an easy way for an owner to benefit from the shift to alternative fuels, but there are complications that can stand in the way that require more than the standard one-size-fits-all solution to overcome,” said Peter Morsbach, Høglund Gas Solutions director projects.

Ingemar Tønder Presthus, Technical & Marine Manager, Bergen Tankers, said, “This retrofit is a complex technical challenge from both a hardware and software engineering point of view. Høglund was an ideal choice, based on their track record fitting automation systems for LNG bunker vessels and other vessel types elsewhere in the world, and their ability to execute a retrofit quickly.”

Høglund also supplies the fuel gas supply systems (FGSS) for the new Hurtigruten vessels that will operate out of Bergen. The vessels will be compatible for use with sustainably sourced bio-LNG, allowing for significant CO2 savings. As the supplier of gas systems to both Bergen Tankers and Hurtigruten, Høglund’s solutions will underpin all on board links in the fuel supply chain, ensuring an efficient and technically sound link during bunkering, the company claimed.