First SBBT in Mediterranean
The first Semi-Ballastable Barge Transporter (SBBT) in the Mediterranean region is being built as part of a project involving six European ports.
Under construction at the Rosetti Marino shipyard in Italy, as part of the European co-financed Poseidon Med II project, the SBBT is due for delivery later this year. With a load capacity of 4,000 m3 of LNG and 1,000 m3 of Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), it will mainly operate in the North-Adriatic Sea, and will be the first vessel of its type in the Mediterranean region that will be used for bunkering.
George Polychroniou, executive director strategy & business development at DEPA and project leader of PMII commented: “An important Poseidon Med II milestone, the SBBT prototype vessel has been assigned for construction. Poseidon Med II has laid foundation for further establishment of LNG in Eastern Mediterranean with the construction of new bunkering vessels in the region.”
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.
The SBBT vehicle consists of a non-propelled Pontoon for the supply of LNG and MDO with a 3knots 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 37m and will be coupled with a cargo unit for bunkers.
Poseidon Med II project is a practical roadmap which aims to bring about the wide adoption of LNG as a safe, environmentally efficient and viable alternative fuel for shipping and help the East Mediterranean marine transportation propel towards a low-carbon future.
The project, which is co-funded by the European Union, involves three countries Greece, Italy and Cyprus, six European ports (Piraeus, Patras, Lemesos, Venice, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa) as well as the Revithoussa LNG terminal. The project brings together top experts from the marine, energy and financial sectors to design an integrated LNG value chain and establish a well-functioning and sustainable LNG market.
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