On January 30, 2017, Shell Western LNG B.V. signed an agreement with dredging company Van der Kamp to supply LNG as marine fuel to a new LNG-powered vessel. The new vessel, named Ecodelta, is currently being built at the Dutch yard Barkmeijer. It is expected to start operations in 2018, keeping Rotterdam’s port basins at the right depth until 2023, and will be one of the first LNG-powered dredgers in operation around the globe.
Distinguishing it from a conventional dredger, the Ecodelta is equipped with two ‘sweeparms’ to remove oil from the water surface, allowing it to quickly react to emergency response situations.
Lauran Wetemans, Shell’s General Manager Downstream LNG, said: “This agreement shows the continued momentum of LNG as a fuel option. LNG is now an effective alternative to traditional fuels for ships around the world, and we are ready to supply customers in northwest Europe. Working together in close collaboration with companies like Van der Kamp will help enable the move to a cleaner, more efficient shipping sector in the future.”
The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and a key location for bunkering operations, giving the Gate terminal an advantaged position to serve customers in the marine and road sector.