Innovative LNG bunkering vessel under development for Baltic Sea
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), a global maritime services company, and Babcock International Group, UK engineering support services company, are collaborating to develop a ground-breaking Gas Supply Vessel (GSV). The 7,500m³ vessel, which will be used for the LNG bunkering of ships, including ferries, containers, cruise vessels and other shore-based gas consumers in the Baltic Sea, is the first vessel of its kind to utilize Babcock’s market leading FGSV0™ technology.
BSM and Babcock developed the FGSV0™ technology to deliver LNG from the GSV into the receiving vessel with zero emissions to the environment during normal operations, greatly minimizing environmental impact. The vessel is also designed to meet the International Maritime Organization’s global cap of 0.5% on shipping-related sulfur emissions which will be enforced from January 2020, as well as the creation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in the North Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic and the U.S. Gulf among other areas.
The GSV will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The keel is scheduled to be laid down in February 2018 with the cargo tanks delivered in January 2018. The vessel is due to be launched in April 2018 with delivery expected in September 2018.
Ian Lindsay, Babcock Managing Director for Energy & Marine Technology, said: “Working with well-established partners such as the Schulte Group is an exciting prospect for our team. As innovators in LNG technology, working on this ‘first of its kind’ program is a great opportunity to further expand our reach into the international LNG arena.”