Coral EnergICE, the first LNG carrier holding the Ice Class 1A Super, was named by Aino-Maija Luukkonen, Mayor of Pori, Finland. The ceremony took place at the Port of Turku, Finland. The 18,000 cbm LNG vessel had been delivered to its owner, Anthony Veder, by Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany. Coral EnergICE is specially designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea. The vessel is operationally managed by Skangas in order to bring LNG to Skangas LNG terminal in Pori and the joint venture Manga LNG terminal Tornio in Finland.
The vessel’s hull is reinforced to break through one-meter thick ice with the engines and generators designed to give the vessel extra power when sailing through thick ice and harsh winter conditions. Furthermore, this state-of-the art vessel is equipped with a dual fuel engine. It uses LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, making the vessel fully compliant with future emission regulations.
Skangas CEO Kimmo Rahkamo said: “Skangas helps its customers reach their environmental and operational targets by offering efficient and stable LNG deliveries. The new vessel supports our goal to develop the Nordic LNG infrastructure and gas market. This way, we can offer the end users in the maritime and industry sectors an even more competitive product.”
Coral EnergICE’s construction was funded with the first sustainable shipping loan, fully certified in accordance with the Clean Shipping Index Guidelines by Bureau Veritas, who also verified the sustainable credentials of the transaction. Due to the LNG capabilities of Coral EnergICE, the Business Sector’s NOx fund has granted support for the development of this vessel.
Source: Anthony Veder