Danish liquid natural gas (LNG) solutions provider KC LNG on Wednesday (15 March) said it has developed a trailer-mounted manifold (TMM) that allows bunkering from up to four tank trailers (of any type) at once, quadrupling the capacity.
A six-hour bunkering process is now 1.5 hours, and the ship can leave the dock 4.5 hours earlier than before, says the company.
While a ship is bunkering, it is losing valuable operational time and, therefore, money, says KC LNG.
The faster a ship can refuel, the faster it can get back to doing what it is meant to be doing, which is to sail and make money, it explains.
That is why efficient bunkering solutions are crucial to the shipping industry, adds the company.
At only a fraction of the cost of a permanent bunkering installation, KC LNG says its TMM can be easily moved wherever it is needed – by car or by ship.
The company says it comes with everything needed for a full bunkering operation, including a 20-metre bunker hose with breakaway and dry coupling.
KC LNG explains one of the reasons the TMM is so efficient is the fact that it allows empty tank trailers to be swapped out at any point in the process without ever needing to stop the bunkering process.
Once the process is underway, it can keep going and going until the ship’s tank is full.
KC LNG says it always prioritises safety and the TMM has an Emergency Shutdown (ESD) link that allows its operators to instantly stop the bunkering process from three different points: the truck(s), the TMM itself, or from the ship being bunkered.
It states the TMM meets the maximum flow allowed by ISO 20519 standards (150 m3 per hour).
KC LNG says it designed this solution on the request of PrimaLNG, a part of SHV Energy.
Photo credit: KC LNG
Published: 16 April, 2020