Høglund tech deployed on Norway’s 1st LNG bunkering ship
Marine solutions provider Høglund Marine Solutions has supplied systems and supported the commissioning of Norway’s first LNG bunkering unit following successful gas and sea trials.
Once a conventional bunkering tanker known as Oslo Tank, the Bergen Tankers-owned vessel has been renamed Bergen LNG and will play a major role in setting the standard and establishing the infrastructure for Norway’s LNG shipping sector.
Høglund was responsible for the supply of the LNG Gas Handling System and the vessel’s Integrated Automation System (IAS), which includes essential Gas Control and Safety System.
Høglund’s participation in the project involved the supply of an LNG cargo system incorporating a single Shell type-C tank with a capacity of 850 cubic meters and a bunkering rate of 500 cbm/h.
Other hardware and automation solutions that were provided by Høglund to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations include cargo pumps, bunker manifolds, custody transfer system, a ship-to-ship transfer system, a cargo control and emergency shutdown (ESD) system, and ship-to-shore/ship-to-ship link systems to create the Automation System.
As part of this ambitious project, Høglund worked closely with its partners HB Hunte Engineering – which provided a 3D detail design of the Gas Piping System – and LNG cargo tank manufacturer Gas & Heat.
Westcon Shipyards, which was contracted by Bergen Tankers, carried out the conversion of the vessel, including the installation of the LNG Cargo System supplied by Høglund.
Closer to the completion of the project, Høglund’s team carried out a series of rigorous sea and gas trials of the installed equipment, collaborating with project partners Gasnor and classification society Bureau Veritas.
The trials lasted for four consecutive days with hardly any downtime. After having been given the green light on both its mechanical and control equipment system, as well as its flow meters, the vessel is now already in operation.