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SBBT prototype LNG bunkering vessel assigned for construction

23 Dec 2019

Poseidon Med II, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering project co-funded by the European Union (EU), recently placed an order for the Semi-Ballastable Barge Transporter (SBBT).

The LNG bunkering vessel will be built at the Rosetti Marino Spa shipyard of Ravenna and has been scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The SBBT, with a load capacity of 4,000 m3 of LNG and 1,000 m3 of MDO (Marine Diesel Oil), will mainly operate in the North-Adriatic Sea.

It consists of a non-propelled Pontoon for the supply of LNG and MDO with a 3 knots pull force and a Dual Tug as a power unit with a dual-fuel Niigata engine (LNG & MDO) with a bollard pull of 65 tonnes-force.

The dual tug will have an overall length of 37 meters and will be coupled to a Cargo Unit for bunkers of the main dimensions of about 86.40 x 26.70 meters.

Poseidon Med II partner, CMV Panfido & C. S.r.l. has assigned the design of the vessel to the Iberian SENER engineering and technology company.

“An important Poseidon Med II milestone, the SBBT prototype vessel has been assigned for construction,” said George Polychroniou, Executive Director Strategy & Business Development/ DEPA S.A and Project Leader of PMII.

“Poseidon Med II has laid foundation for further establishment of LNG in Eastern Mediterranean with the construction of new bunkering vessels in the region.”

The Poseidon Med II project involves three countries Greece, Italy and Cyprus, six European ports (Piraeus, Patras, Lemesos, Venice, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa) as well as the Revithoussa LNG terminal. 

Related: EU: New ‘innovative’ LNG bunkering vessel ordered

Photo credit: Poseidon Med II
Published: 23 December, 2019


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