The environmentally-friendly ship, which acts like a floating power plant supplying low-emission energy, is being eagerly awaited at the Port of Hamburg. Last Friday, its technical launching was celebrated in Komárno. “This is an important day for the shipping industry, because the LNG Hybrid Barge is a big step forward for supplying cruise ships,” said Dirk Lehman, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems.
On September 12, the LNG Hybrid Barge will be making the 1,500 km journey up the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers north towards Hamburg. Once there, technical testing and commissioning will be taking place at a shipyard. Following a naming ceremony in mid-October, it will be for the first time delivering energy to a cruise ship as part of a joint project with AIDA Cruises.
Delivered only two years after the start of the project, the LNG Hybrid Barge is equipped with five generators with an overall output of 7.5 MW (50/60 Hz). These generators will be the first marine classified LNG Caterpillar engines to be delivered to customers.
On land, an info bus from Hybrid Port Energy GmbH (the operator of the LNG Hybrid Barge and a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems) will be accompanying the convoy being towed to Hamburg.
Source: Becker Marine Systems