Operated by Van Oord, the Werkendam is the world’s first LNG-powered crane vessel and has already started work on its first project, carrying out maintenance work in the port of Rotterdam. “We are encouraging the transition from fuel oil to LNG as a fuel for shipping. It is good that operational ships are taking the lead,” said Ronald Paul, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
The Werkendam is also Van Oord’s first vessel to run entirely on LNG. With a storage tank on the aft deck, the ship can store enough LNG to sail and operate for 14 days without refueling. Compared to a diesel-powered vessel, it emits 80% less particulate matter and 70% less nitrogen oxides. It also boasts a CO2 reduction of 25%.
Van Oord will deploy the crane vessel mainly on Dutch projects for its subsidiary Paans Van Oord. “We are proud of this ingenious crane vessel. The vessel is a practical expression of our pioneering role in the field of sustainability,” commented Ronald Schinagl, Director Netherlands at Van Oord.
As well as running on LNG, the Werkendam has more sustainable innovations on board. For example, the electric crane is equipped with devices known as ultracaps, which recover energy when, for example, a load is released. The vessel is co-financed by the European Union.
Source: Van Oord