Canadian group SeaspanLNG has secured an approval in principle (AiP) from classification society Bureau Veritas for a new design of a 7,600cu.m liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel.
The bunker vessel was designed for ship-to-ship LNG transfer as well as coastal/short-sea shipping operations in cooperation with Seaspan Ferries’ partner, Norwegian shipyard Vard Marine. Seaspan Ferries’ leading-edge class of dual-fuel hybrid-electric ferries were developed by Vard in 2014 and included a new method of bunkering the vessels. This working relationship led to the creation of a new line of LNG bunker vessels, focused on safe, efficient and economical refueling of multiple ship types as well as an ability to transfer to and from a wide range of terminals.
The now designed type of bunker vessel is 112.8m long, 18.6m wide, has a draught of 5m, and a design speed of 13 knots. “SeaspanLNG will now advance efforts for vessel construction and engage with major stakeholders in current and emerging markets, including port authorities and flag states,” Seaspan said. “Seaspan is committed to bringing clean LNG bunkers to the West Coast of North America through our LNG bunkering business, in order to assist ship owners in meeting their IMO2030 targets.”