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China: Damen yard holds keel-laying ceremony for LNG bunker tanker

29 May 2019

A keel-laying ceremony for the 6,000 cubic metre (m3) liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker tanker was held at Damen Yichang Shipyard in China for the new energy brand Elenger, formerly known as Eesti Gaas, during May.

The event was attended by Ain Hanschmidt, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Elenger and CEO of its parent company Infortar, together with a group of senior colleagues from both companies.

Representatives from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, Damen Yichang Shipyard and Bureau Veritas were also present.

The ceremony included the Dutch tradition of welding of three coins on to the first section of the keel to give the vessel good luck.

With a 6,000m³ capacity, the new vessel will play a vital role facilitating the adoption of LNG by providing an efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for all kinds of LNG vessels in the Baltic region, says Damen Shipyard.

Following sea trials in the spring of 2020, the ship will arrive in Estonia next summer and will start serving LNG clients in the autumn, carrying out bunker activities at designated locations both in and outside ports.

Elenger currently uses road tankers to refuel Tallink’s LNG-powered Megastar ferry, which operates between Tallinn and Helsinki.

Construction of the LNG bunker tanker started in March.

Related: Damen Yichang Shipyard starts construction of LNG bunker tanker
Related: Eesti Gaas enters five-year LNG bunker supply contract
Related: Eesti Gaas commemorates first year of LNG bunkering

Photo credit: Damen Shipyards
Published: 29 May, 2019


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