Bureau Veritas (BV) has overseen conversion of the 850dwt bunker tanker, Oslo Tank, into Norway’s first LNG bunkering vessel, Bergen LNG.
The vessel, built in 2010 at Nevsky Shipbuilding in St Petersburg, is on long-term charter to Gasnor and will operate in the Bergen area of Norway’s west coast where it will supply LNG-fuelled passenger vessels operated by Hurtigruten and Kystruten.
Westcon Shipyards carried out the conversion and LNG bunkering specialist, Høglund, provided the hardware and software for the LNG storage and transfer system. These included an IMO Type C cargo tank, pumps, bunker manifolds, a custody transfer system, and a ship-to-ship transfer system. The company also provided cargo control and emergency shutdown systems.
BV supported the owners and the designer to ensure that the conversion complied with the requirements of the International Gas Carrier Code, as well as those of the flag state.
The classification society’s Marine Chief Executive for the Nordic Region, Gijsbert de Jong, commented: “Over the past years, we have gained a lot of experience with conversion projects in the Nordic region. Our local plan approval capabilities and experienced surveyor team are a significant asset to our clients. In this respect, the Bergen LNG project stands out in terms of technical complexity and customer service.”
Norway’s first LNG bunkering vessel classed by BV