Norwegians get gassy

Norwegian based Sea Cargo, currently operating a fleet of 8 versatile ro-ro cargo ship in the North Sea since 2001, is believe to be the first company to ever order ships which will be solely fueled by Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). Four ships have been ordered, with an option for four more; of the four to be built, two of them to be LNG fueled the other two with standard Wartsila engine burning 380 HFO.

The two LNG fueled ships will be built in India, and are set for delivery in 2009 and 2010. They will feature Rolls Royce propulsion package, featuring a single, 5250kW Bergen B35:40V12PG engine driving a CPP / Shaft generator propulsion system. The gaseous fuel will be stored in two, insulated, 240 cubic meter tanks, forward of the engine room. The ships are expected to operate 10 day round trip schedule, “bunkering” at the same location in Norway.

The company states that “CO2 emission will be reduced by about 20%, NOx by about 90%, particulates negligible and sulphur oxide emissions will be zero.” The vessels are expected to operate on a 10-day round trip service, bunkering at one location.

In an interview for Lloyd’s List, Managing director Ole Saevild states: “In Norway, there are more LNG bunkering facilities than for heavy fuel these days and with the expansion that is taking place, LNG will be more readily available elsewhere.”

Owners: Sea-Cargo Skips AS
Managing Owners: Sea-Cargo AS
Built: 2008
Builder: Bharati Shipyard Ltd.
Flag: Bahamas
Class: DNV
Service Speed: (abt) 17 knts
Main Engine: 5250 kw Rolls Royce
Deadweight: 5.900 mts
Draught (SW): 6,00 m
Length overall: 132,80 m
Moulded Breadth: 18,00 m

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