Kanfer, CGR pair up on LNG bunkering vessels development
Norway-based Kanfer Shipping has entered into an exclusive agreement with its compatriot CGR Arctic Marine, to cooperate on LNG bunkering tech.
CGR has designed and developed an LNG bunkering vessel as well as a gas delivery system that together reduce the overall cost of LNG bunkering infrastructure, Kanfer said in its statement.
Under the licensing and development agreement, Kanfer will exclusively market CGR’s Liquid Methane Bunkering Vessel (LMBV) and other technologies to customers in the global LNG bunkering industry, including shipping lines, port owners, traders and fuel companies.
CGR will also apply its advanced technology to Kanfer’s patented Detachable Stern Vessel (DSV) It is an advanced version of the articulated tug barge that makes break-bulking cargoes of LNG easier, faster and more efficient.
“I am delighted to announce this agreement with CGR, which represents another important step in Kanfer’s journey to become a leading developer and owner of flexible LNG bunkering and break-bulking infrastructure,” said Stig Anders Hagen, managing partner of Kanfer Shipping. “We are bringing CGR’s patented technologies and Kanfer’s LNG marine expertise and capabilities under one roof.”
The LMBV is a first for the industry with a plug-in hybrid power system comprised of a modular battery system in combination with pure gas generators. It is a solution that features a single tank and less cargo containment equipment. This combination improves hull utilization, reduces weight and maximizes insulation surface area.
Another feature of the LMBV is the onboard multi-purpose cargo handling plant, combining cooling, reliquefication and gas recovery operations.
“This collaboration builds on the strong foundations we established in 2019 when AG&P, the global downstream gas and LNG logistics company, made a strategic investment in Kanfer,” Hagen said.
AG&P is also a majority owner of Gas Entec, a specialist in the design, engineering and commissioning of LNG floating terminals and other LNG marine vessels.
“With these strong partners, Kanfer is extremely well positioned to capitalize on the expanding LNG bunkering and break-bulking market,” concluded Hagen.