Christening of LNG Hybrid Barge Set for SMM
Visitors of this year’s SMM trade fair in Hamburg will be given a special treat, as an LNG Hybrid Barge is scheduled to be christened during the fair, Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems announced.
“We have developed special drive systems for this and are happy to be presenting our LNG Hybrid Barge at SMM,” said Henning Kuhlmann, Becker Marine Systems’ Managing Director.
It works like a floating power station and can supply energy to cruise ships in an environmentally-friendly way.
“After a 1,500 kilometre trip from it’s manufacturing site along the Danube in the Komárno, Slovakia, the LNG Hybrid Barge will be arriving at the Port of Hamburg and will be transferring energy to a cruise ship for the first time in October,” said Kuhlmann. The barge will be christened during the SMM exhibition.
In addition, Becker Marine Systems will be presenting the LNG PowerPac, an LNG-powered generator for ships in port operations, Mewis Duct®, Becker Twisted Fin® among its innovative solutions and products.
“We want to establish LNG as a fuel for ship propulsion systems. That’s why, for example, we have initiated projects with a variety of suppliers, shipping companies and ports for LNG storage, the least expensive way to rebuild engines and the provision of gas-related logistics,” said Dirk Lehmann, Becker Marine Systems Managing Director.
“This is about us showing our competence in new technical systems and concepts,” he added.
Becker Marine Systems has already sold more than 800 of its Becker Mewis Duct® – the 750th duct will be displayed in gold at the SMM. The million tonne CO2 mark is projected to be hit by the end of 2014.
The company would also like to encourage the wide-spread use of grease-free rudder systems, to prevent grease from ships getting into the sea.
It is also possible to retrofit existing systems inexpensively.
Becker Marine Systems is forecast to increase sales by about 20 per cent in the current business year.
Press Release, July 25, 2014