The Greenstream, built and designed at Peters Shipyards in The Netherlands and to be managed by the Dutch based Interstream Barging (ISB), has four small efficient engines rather than one large engine as in traditional barges. This means that power can be varied as less is required to travel downstream than upstream with potential for fuel savings. These engines will operate at lower frequency than traditional barges, reducing vibration and noise levels which could be advantageous when travelling through populated areas on the Rhine.
Shell’s recent acquisition of Gasnor, the Norwegian LNG fuel company, is another example of Shell’s confidence in this sector’s future. In addition, over the next few years Shell will develop two LNG corridors, primarily for the marine industry in the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes areas of North America.