A feasibility study is underway
Germany: Port of Hamburg welcomes the arrival of its first LNG-powered ship
The Norwegian Coast Guard's 'KV Barentshav' is deployed on fisheries controls, sea rescue, policing, Customs inspections and environmental checks within Norwegian territorial waters. The occasion for the ship’s visit was the “LNG – the Norwegian Experience” conference of experts organized by the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce along with Innovation Norway and the classification society DNV Germany.
Only using diesel for towing assignments and special runs, the 'KV Barentshav' is powered by LNG, which reduces the quantity of nitrous gases by almost 90 percent and of carbon dioxide by up to 20 percent in comparison to diesel. Sulphur dioxide and dust particle emissions become almost non-existent. In addition, engine wear and hence operating costs are reduced, published gCaptain.
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and Linde Group want to promote the use of LNG and are currently compiling a feasibility study on the commercial use of this fuel in the port. The findings of this research could be used for making a start on concrete infrastructure projects such as an LNG bunkering facility. “The port should be a leader for environmental friendliness and efficiency. It performs an immensely important role as a feeder port for the Baltic and consequently we are working on the essential preliminaries for the LNG infrastructure needed,” said HPA managing director Jens Meier.
To learn from the experiences of the pioneer in building and operating LNG-powered ships, the Port of Hamburg is communicating with experts from Norway. “Shipping has a green future. Norway is the worldwide leader in that field. Germany cannot miss the boat here and can learn a lot from Norway. We see it as our task to act as intermediary between the two countries and to generate opportunities for cooperation,” stressed Kathrin Luze-Hercz, deputy CEO of the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.