A specialised LNG bunker vessel to be built at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Company yard in South Korea on behalf of Shell will be powered by dual-fuel engines supplied from Wärtsilä. The ship will be used to deliver gas to LNG fuelled vessels in Northwest Europe. The newbuild contract is in direct response to the increasing acceptance by the shipping industry of LNG as a marine fuel.
The new Shell vessel will be based at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and will load from the new break bulk terminal and jetty to be constructed by the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal. It will also be sea-going and able, therefore, to bunker customers at other locations. It will be powered by three 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF engines capable of operating on either gas or diesel fuels.
"This LNG bunker vessel is a pioneering new design," said Dr Grahaeme Henderson, VP of Shell Shipping & Maritime. "It will have a capacity to carry 6500 cubic metres of LNG fuel, and will be able to load from big or small terminals and to bunker a broad variety of vessels."