GTT has struck a contract with Norwegian shipyard Vard to supply LNG tanks to Ponant’s Icebreaker.
This ship, due to be delivered in 2021, will be the first electric-hybrid cruise icebreaker with LNG propulsion.
Specially designed for use with LNG as fuel, these tanks will be equipped with GTT's Mark III membrane technology, already widely proven in the field of LNG transportation. The group will construct the tanks, select and co-ordinate its subcontractors, offering a turnkey solution to its partners Vard and Ponant.
Icebreaker is intended for polar expeditions of two weeks to one month. The two tanks have a total capacity of 4,500 m3, allowing the ship to complete its entire route using LNG. GTT said this performance is made possible by the compactness of GTT's membrane containment system which optimises the payload in very restrained spaces, thereby increasing the autonomy of the ship.
“The Ponant Icebreaker is a real world-first. It is the first luxury ship with Ice Class PC2 certification ever designed, with electric-hybrid engine and propelled by LNG, it is a pioneer in terms of sustainable cruising and environment protection”, said Ponant chief executive Jean Emmanuel Sauvée.
GTT chairman and chief executive Philippe Berterottière said “This project sets an important milestone in the development of the LNG as fuel. GTT is proud to bring its expertise to Ponant and Vard, two important players of the maritime world, for the supply of the tanks of this particularly innovative and environmentally friendly ship.”