Norwegian shipping company Bergen Tankers is to rebuild a fuel oil bunkering vessel into a liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering craft to operate in Norway. Previously known as Oslo Tank, the rebuilt vessel will be named Bergen LNG and will operate in Bergen harbour from the fourth quarter of 2020.
It will serve future LNG-powered cruise ships on the Hurtigruten and Havila coastal route off Norway. The bunker vessel will be used for a long-term charter to energy company Shell Gasnor. Norwegian company Hoglund said it has been awarded a contract to deliver a cargo handling system for the vessel. Hoglund will also provide cargo control and emergency shutdown (ESD) systems plus ship-toshore/ship-to-ship link systems.
Mr Ingemar Tonder Presthus, technical and marine manager of Bergen Tankers said the retrofit is a complex technical challenge from both a hardware and software engineering point of view.