Amsterdam-based Titan LNG is doubling the capacity of its first LNG bunkering pontoon on the demand opportunities the company is seeing in the market.
Unveiling its key shipbuilding partners, Titan commercial director marine Michael Schaap said the company’s first “FlexFueler” is being built with four tanks instead of two which will give the unit a maximum capacity of 1,480-cbm from delivery.
Schaap said the company made the decision based on “the substantial increase in upcoming demand for LNG as a bunker fuel in the ARA [Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp] region.”
He said construction started this month on FlexFueler001 with the unit scheduled to be ready for operation by the end of 2018.
The LNG bunkering pontoon will be built by Dutch shipbuilder Kooiman Marine Group, with Marine Services Noord taking on the integrated systems and Cryovat International its tanks.
Titan, which will own and operate this initial unit, revealed earlier that the cost is less than €10m ($11m)
The FlexFueler1 will be stationed in the Port of Amsterdam and be able to load LNG from trucks, ships or via the Gate LNG terminal in Rotterdam. A pushboat will be chartered to move the pontoon alongside oceangoing ships while they are in port.
Kooiman Marine general manager Rinus Kooiman said: “We identified LNG as an important development for the necessary emission improvements in the shipping. To us, the FlexFueler is the logical last mile solution for in-port operations.”
Titan LNG, which is part of the Iveco Schouten Group and a sister company to Rolande LNG, was set up last year to supply LNG to the marine and industrial markets in north west Europe.
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