The Optimus is the first of Damen’s 6000 LNG bunkering vessel (Source: Damen)

Damen delivers first of new LNG bunker tanker design

Damen has deliverd the first of its Liquid Gas Carrier (LGC) 6000 LNG bunker tanker class which will be chartered to rebranded Estonian energy company, Elenger – previously Eesti Gaas. The 100m-long Optimus is owned by private investment group, Infortar, Tallink Group’s largest shareholder.

Delivered in Rotterdam, the Optimus has a capacity of 6,000m3 in two Type-C tanks. It will be the first LNG bunker tanker to operate in the Gulf of Finland and will be capable of providing LNG as fuel for ships and to smaller customers ashore.

The Ice Class 1A vessel has a dual-fuel propulsion system for the management of boil-off gas and has been designed for bunkering both in port and at sea in all weather conditions, a Damen statement said. Meanwhile, two propellers enhance manoeuvrability in port.

The Optimus will boost Elenger’s bunker supply capacity in the Baltic region. One of the company’s clients is Tallink Group which is currently supplied with LNG for its RoPax ferry, Megastar, by truck. The vessel will now be supplied by the Optimus, as will Tallink Group’s new RoPax, MyStar, when it is delivered from Rauma Marine Constructions in spring 2022.

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