LNG hybrid barge makes progress

The LNG hybrid barge will be stationed at the Port of Hamburg to supply cruise ships with 'green' electricity during their layovers The LNG hybrid barge will be stationed at the Port of Hamburg to supply cruise ships with 'green' electricity during their layovers

Becker Marine Systems and AIDA Cruises are making progress with what they say will be the “world’s first” LNG hybrid barge. The keel laying ceremony took place earlier this month.

Becker, AIDA Cruises and barge shipping company, Hybrid Port Energy, gathered at the SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery shipyard in Kormáno, Slovakia for the traditional keel laying ceremony.

The 74m long, 11.4m wide barge will be stationed at the Port of Hamburg with the aim of supplying environmentally-friendly electricity to cruise ships during their layovers at the port.

It will be equipped with five generators from Zeppelin Power Systems to produce a total power of 7.5 MW but with zero sulphur oxide emissions and soot particles.

Becker says the generators used will be the first marine classified LNG Caterpillar engines to be delivered to customers.

Another ‘first’ in this project is the Port of Hamburg’s offering of an external, environmentally-friendly and low-emissions power supply for cruise ships in Europe.

The LNG hybrid barge will also be equipped to offer other potential customers heat and electricity in the winter.

Delivery is expected for summer 2014 – just two years after the project began.

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