Work starts on Terntank’s biofuel carriers

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Work has begun on Swedish shipowner Terntank’s two hybrid LNG/LBG-powered biofuel tankers with initial steel cutting taking place at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard on 30 June.

This is a further development of the company’s AVIC series. The two 15,000dwt vessels have been ordered from CMJL, formerly AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding, under the project name AVIC SERIES 2.0.

“We saw a will and a potential in the shipyard when we got there in 2013. Having the first four vessels Ternsund, Ternfjord, Tern Sea and Tern Ocean in operation for three, four years, we found that our customers, crew and the owners are very satisfied with that shipyard, said Tryggve Möller, Terntanks MD.

“With the new vessels, we have invested too come closer towards carbon-neutral operations and reduce the impact on the environment. Our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40% through reduced fuel consumption and LNG operation was achieved through the first series. Now we continue our journey towards fossil-free operations with hybrid technology and over time also by biofuels, added Möller.

In addition to dual fuel machinery that can be run on liquid biogas (LBG) or natural gas (LNG), the newbuilding’s get a hybrid battery system. “This way we can eliminate the use of auxiliary engines in arrival and departure from the port,” said Möller. “The vessels will also be equipped with shore power connections that will eliminate the emissions in port, which are generated from the auxiliary machines. This is both costly and technically complicated because the connection must be carried out in an explosion area,” he said.

“The vessels are designed by Kongsberg (formerly Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine) in collaboration with Terntank. As regards to the shore power connection, we have worked in close cooperation with Port of Gothenburg. Now we hope and believe that Port of Gothenburg will make an investment decision later this fall and plug green electricity at the quays in Skarvikshamnen prior to the first vessel’s arrival around New Year 2021,” said Möller.

The two newbuilding’s will be put into service on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea during 2021. The first is scheduled to be delivered in November 2021 and the second in February 2022.

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