Maritime services company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and UK’s Babcock International Group joined forces to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.
The 7,500m³ Gas Supply Vessel (GSV) will be used to fuel ships, including ferries, containers, cruise ships and other shore-based gas consumers in the Baltic Sea. It will be the first vessel of its kind to utilize Babcock’s FGSV0 technology, the companies said.
The GSV will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The keel is scheduled to be laid down in February 2018 with the cargo tanks delivered in January 2018. The vessel is due to be launched in April 2018 with delivery expected in September 2018.
Both companies have developed the FGSV0 technology to deliver LNG from the GSV to the receiving vessel with zero emissions to the environment during normal operations, reducing impact on the environment.
The vessel will also align with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) 0.5% global sulfur cap on shipping emissions (which will enter force in 2020), as well as emission control areas (ECAS) in the North Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic and US Gulf.
Ian Lindsay, Babcock Managing Director for Energy & Marine Technology, said: “As innovators in LNG technology, working on this ‘first of its kind’ program is a great opportunity to further expand our reach into the international LNG arena.”
Angus Campbell, BSM Director for Energy Projects, added: “This new sector will enable Babcock and the Schulte Group to innovate and deliver safe, efficient and environmentally responsible fuel delivery to meet demand in this growing sector of our industry.”