Van Oord has ordered the construction of a new crane vessel, to be named Werkendam, which will be the company’s first LNG-powered vessel. It will generally be deployed to Netherlands-based projects executed by subsidiary Paans Van Oord.
The Werkendam is being built by Neptune in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands. It will take about twelve months to build the crane vessel. After completion, the vessel will be able to run on LNG, with gas oil as backup. With a 38 m3 tank on the aft deck, the vessel will be able to store enough LNG on board to sail and operate for fourteen days without bunkering LNG.
Thanks to smart features, the vessel will use less fuel and emit less CO2 without compromising operational production. It will be equipped with various sensors and energy storage systems. The sensors will monitor the energy consumption of almost all of the equipment and systems on board, which will even make it possible to store and reuse overcapacity, for example when operating the crane. The data produced by these monitoring systems will provide crew members with an insight into energy consumption, enabling them to respond appropriately.
Energy efficiency is one of the top items on Van Oord’s sustainability agenda. To reduce carbon footprint, the company is researching the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and biofuel. With this investment, they will be gaining experience of LNG-powered vessels and the related benefits.
Source: Van Oord