"World's first" LNG hybrid barge set for 2014

The LNG hybrid barge will enable the Port of Hamburg to provide cold ironing power to cruise ships The LNG hybrid barge will enable the Port of Hamburg to provide cold ironing power to cruise ships

Slovakia's Shipbuilding and Machinery is to build what is thought to be the world's first LNG hybrid barge for Hybrid Port Energy GmbH, a subsidiary of Becker Marine Systems GmbH & Co KG.

The new barge will be fitted with five gensets supplied by Zeppelin Power Systems totalling 7.5 MW for 50/60 Hz operating solely on LNG.

Becker Marine says these are the first marine classified LNG Caterpillar engines to be delivered to customers.

The 74m long barge is part of a project started in summer 2012 between AIDA Cruises and Becker to provide low emission electrical power to cruise ships while at port.

It will be stationed at the Port of Hamburg, making it the first port in Europe able to provide cold ironing power to cruise ships.

The Schramm Group, operator of the first German LNG transhipment port, will be the operator of the barge.

If all goes to plan, Becker Marine says the AIDAsol could become the first cruise ship in the world to be supplied with electricity from an LNG hybrid Barge from the Grasbrook pier at Hamburg’s Hafencity.

In addition, the barge and its engines are to be outfitted to supply combined heat and power to potential customers, further improving the ecological footprint.

Delivery is set for summer 2014.

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