A Dutch-led yard consortium is continuing to build a new type of efficient barges to transport gas on the river Rhine for customer Ineos Trading & Shipping.
Three vessels have been completed and will be among the largest gas barges operating on the river Rhine. A fourth vessel is expected to be finished later this year.
110m-long and 15m-wide Aloo and Brinjal were built by the Dutch yard Teamco Shipyard in Heusden sub-contracted hull construction to Rensen-Driessen Shipbuilding B.V of the Netherlands and then had work completed by the partner Stocznia Sp. Zo.o. yard in Poland.
Veka Shipbuilding Group in Werkendam completed the construction of 110m-long and 17.5m-wide Onion. The fourth unit is scheduled to be delivered later this year.
The barges have three times the cargo capacity of typical gas barges and will be fully built to the new ADN gas barge 2019 standard. They will enable the efficient and competitive delivery of butane gas from the Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam region to the INEOS ethylene cracker facility at Cologne in Germany. In addition, they will provide INEOS Trading & Shipping with options to effectively trade butane in Europe. The build project was managed by Imperial Gas Barging, who will also operate the barges on behalf of Ineos.