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Wärtsilä to provide cargo handling system for LNG Shipping

EBR Staff Writer Published 08 September 2017

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply cargo handling system and cargo tanks for LNG Shipping’s new LNG bunker barge.

LNG Shipping is a consortium between Belgium-based Victrol and France-based CFT.

The 3000 cubic metre capacity LNG bunker barge will be constructed in Romania and equipped in the Netherlands.

The deal includes the supply of cargo handling system, cargo tanks and installation of the cargo arrangement onboard the vessel.

Once operational, the LNG bunker barge will be leased to Shell Western LNG.

The company will use the LNG bunker barge from Rotterdam to support its bunker LNG fuelled ships, including vessels operating on Europe’s inland waterways.

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions flow and gas solutions vice president Timo Koponen said: “Undoubtedly the award of this contract was based largely on Wärtsilä’s vast experience and broad in-house know-how concerning gas systems.

“Our strength throughout the LNG value chain is well known, and this new bunker vessel provides yet another link to this chain.”

In August, Wärtsilä achieved the mechanical completion of the Tornio Manga liquefied natural gas (LNG terminal in Northern Finland.

As per Wärtsilä’s contract, the turnkey solution provided by the company includes complete ship unloading, full containment LNG storage, LNG truck loading, ship bunkering, regasification and natural gas send-out facilities.

Wärtsilä offers engineering, procurement and construction services for the customers in the oil and gas industry. For offshore customers, the company also offers total integrated solutions for different vessel types.

Image: Shell will charter a new bunker barge featuring a Wärtsilä cargo handling system. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.