Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC), which is a think-tank and advisory body set up by the government of the southern state of Kerala, issued an expression of interest (EOI) for a pilot project to use LNG to fuel a fishing boat.
The initiative, which plans to retrofit an existing fishing boat diesel engine currently in the city of Kochi, responds to stricter international rules on marine fuel emissions next year (the International Maritime Organization, IMO, is limiting the sulfur content of fuel used in ships by 2020) and could also help take advantage of an under-used LNG terminal in the south of the country.
“The project requires to select a suitable vendor who shall modify the existing marine diesel engine and install required LNG fuel storage tank and other associated equipment and pipelines. The project also requires modification in the boat hull to accommodate LNG tanks, pipelines, and other associated equipment,” says to the EOI.
K-DISC has asked for the work, officially titled “Conversion of existing 325hp Fishing boat Diesel engine to Dual Fuel (LNG + Diesel fuel)”, to be done in 18 weeks and is requesting proposals by September 7, with commercial bids to be submitted by late October.
Source: Government of Kerala