Bureau Veritas to class first LNG bunker barge
The international classification society Bureau Veritas has been chosen to class the unique LNG bunkering vessel which will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries (South Korea), under an agreement between Japan’s NYK and Mitsubishi and France’s GDF-Suez.
The vessel will carry 5,000 cbm of LNG for ships’ fuel stored at 4 bar in two IMO type C pressure tanks. Delivery is set for 2016 when the vessel will operate from the Fluxys LNG terminal in Zeebrugge (Belgium), initially supplying LNG fuel from GDF-Suez to the fleet of United European Car Carriers, a European shortsea operator.
The LNG bunker barge (111 m length overall, 16.8 m beam, 4.9 m draft) will have dual-fuel diesel electric propulsion with twin azipods for high manoeuvrability.