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Kanfer Shipping partners CGR Arctic Marine to develop cost efficient LNG bunker vessels

23 Jul 2020

Norwegian LNG break-bulk and bunkering vessel shipping company Kanfer Shipping AS on Wednesday (22 July) said it has entered into an exclusive agreement with CGR Arctic Marine, a Norwegian LNG technology company that has designed and developed a unique LNG bunkering vessel as well as an innovative gas delivery system that together reduce the overall cost of LNG bunkering infrastructure.

Under the licensing and development agreement, Kanfer will exclusively market CGR’s unique Liquid Methane Bunkering Vessel (“LMBV”) and other state-of-the-art technologies to customers in the global LNG bunkering industry, including shipping lines, port owners, traders and fuel companies. 

CGR will also apply its advanced technology to Kanfer’s patented Detachable Stern Vessel© (DSV), an advanced version of the Articulated Tug Barge that makes break-bulking cargoes of LNG easier, faster and more efficient.

“I am delighted to announce this agreement with CGR, which represents another important step in Kanfer’s journey to become a leading developer and owner of flexible LNG bunkering and break-bulking infrastructure,” said Stig Anders Hagen, Managing Partner of Kanfer Shipping. 

“We are bringing CGR’s patented technologies and Kanfer’s LNG marine expertise and capabilities under one roof. Together, we bring to our customers best-in-class designs that reduce complexity, improve operational efficiencies and maximize savings compared with existing solutions.”

The LMBV is a first for the industry with a plug-in hybrid power system consisting of a modular battery system in combination with pure gas generators, explained Kanfer Shipping. 

It is a highly efficient solution that features a single tank and less cargo containment equipment. This combination improves hull utilization, reduces weight and maximizes insulation surface area. 

State-of-the-art technologies deliver a market leading boil-off rate. 

Another feature of the LMBV is the onboard multi-purpose cargo handling plant, combining cooling, reliquification and gas recovery operations, allowing safe and pollution-free cargo handling during loading, discharge and gas freeing operations.

“Our goal with the LMBV was to improve radically cost efficiencies and lower emissions from seaborne LNG bunkering operations,” said Bård Norberg, Managing Director and owner of CGR Arctic Marine.

“The result is a unique design that improves bunkering operational reliability with added functionality and flexibility.”

Related: AG&P expands business to include small-scale bunker vessels and LNG-to-power barges

Photo credit: Aymane Jdidi
Published: 23 July, 2020


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