LNG fueled cement carrier enters serviceWritten by Nick Blenkey
After an extensive program of trials and tests, the 7,300 dwt vessel today departed Delfzijl on her first commercial voyage to Rostock where she will receive her first cement load.
With dimensions of 109,66 m x 14.99 m, M.V. Greenland is a dedicated cement carrier build for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway.
The vessel is the first ever dry cargo ship with an LNG fueled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull. The unique design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the foreship.
The vessel has a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine, with Wärtsilä also supplying an enclosed Gas Valve Unit (GVU) for easier installation and additional engine room safety.
The cement cargo system consists of a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on fluidization of cement by means of compressed air. The cement can be loaded and unloaded fully enclosed through pipes and is thus dust-free.
DECEMBER 24, 2015 — Westerbroek, Netherlands, based shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered M.V. Greenland, the first LNG fueled cement carrier.
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