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World's first new LNG-fuelled tanker for local waterways

Publication date: 2011-12-27

Tags: maritime, energy, world

The world's first new LNG-fuelled tanker for local waterways has been delivered in Rotterdam to Lloyd's Register class.

Argonon, a 6,100-dwt dual-fuelled chemical tanker, ordered by Deen Shipping for their subsidiary Argonon Shipping B.V., has a dual-fuel system that is designed to burn an 80/20 mixture of natural gas and diesel, reducing SOx, NOx, particulate-matter emissions as well as cutting down the greenhouse gas emissions from tank to flue. The LNG is stored in a transport tank located on deck. The 110 m long ship has the capacity to transit from Rotterdam to Basel and back without bunkering.

Piet Mast, Lloyd’s Register's Marine Business Manager for Western Europe added that "the nature of inland waterways traffic, which passes through or close to major population centres, makes LNG an attractive way to reduce harmful local emissions.”

“The inland shipping industry, as far as we know, is the safest and cleanest mode of transport. But, to keep this lead, we have to take a big step forward in environmental performance," said shipowner Gerard Deen.

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