Dutch engine supplier MAN Rollo will provide the natural gas engines for a series of 40 LNG dual-fuel inland waterways tankers being built by Concordia Damen
Brokered by Frachtcontor Capital Partners, these 110-m chemical inland tankers will be under charter to Shell transporting mineral oils between Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Rhine network. A joint venture between VT Group and Marlow Navigation Netherlands has signed a ship management agreement with Shell for the technical and crew management of the tankers.
Each Parsifal-class tanker will have an overall length of 110 m, beam of 11.45 m and depth of 5.05 m. Each LNG-powered tanker will have eight cargo tanks with a total capacity of 3,040 m3, and be supplied by two MAN Rollo marine generator sets driven by V12 E3262 LE 201 natural gas engines, each rated at 495 kW at 1,800 rpm. A third marine auxiliary generator set, fuelled by MGO, will produce 350 kW at 1,800 rpm.
MAN Rollo, part of leading Dutch mobility company Pon, is the international importer of the MAN brand in nine countries in Europe, supplying engines, energy systems, parts and services for coastal vessels, inland vessels, workboats and yachts.
Cryonorm will supply LNG fuel systems with 60 m3 tanks for each eco-friendly vessel under a contract with Concordia Damen.
“Inland navigation plays an important role in the delivery of Shell’s products in Europe,” said Shell freight trading manager Martin van Veen. “By using ships that can ship products even with low water, we can keep our service level high. Combined with the use of a less polluting fuel, this gives us a nice position on European inland waterways,” added Mr van Veen in a statement on social media. Compared to diesel-powered vessels, these tankers will emit about 25% less CO2, 80% less particulate matter and 70% less NOx.
To maximise cargo carrying capacity on Dutch, Belgian, and German canal and river waterways, Concordia Damen designed the tankers with very shallow draught capabilities, with a 2,800 dwt on 3.25 m draught.
Construction of the tanker series at the Dutch shipyard will start this December, with delivery of the first vessel in November 2021, followed by subsequent deliveries each month until December 2024.
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