Høglund has signed a contract with Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R) shipyard to supply fuel gas supply systems (FGSS) for three German government multipurpose vessels designed to operate in hazardous conditions.
The Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau (BAW – Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute) will supervise the design and construction of the vessels, which will be owned by Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes (WSV – German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration).
Høglund will collaborate with Oldenburg-based HB Hunte Engineering on the development and supply of the LNG systems. According to the Norwegian maritime solutions company, the project makes A&R the only shipyard worldwide offering LNG-fuelled vessels that are qualified to operate in hazardous atmospheres.
The 90-metre-plus vessels will be equipped with engines generating up to 12,000kW and 145 tonnes of bollard pull, and will have a top speed above 15 knots. The three vessels will also be exclusively LNG-powered. Although suitable for worldwide operation, they will be deployed along the German coastline where they will carry out works on sea marks, pollution control and utilising hydroacoustic equipment as well as in pollution control, emergency towing and firefighting.
Høglund highlighted the ‘particular challenge’ of equipping an LNG fuelled vessel to conduct waterborne firefighting, pollution control and emergency response missions, as safety must be guaranteed even in hazardous atmospheres. The design of the new vessels meets Lloyds Register’s class requirements satisfying the strict rules for gas and low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code) aggravated by operation in hazardous atmosphere (gas protection operation).
‘LNG can be a challenge on any vessel and is made harder when considering the specification for an LNG fuelled vessel that will undertake high-risk operations such as firefighting and emergency towing in heavy seas,’ said Peter Morsbach, VP sales operations at Høglund. ‘I’m proud to say that we at Høglund together with HB Hunte, are working with A&R, WSV and BAW to combine our expertise in a collaboration that will deliver a safe, versatile and highly customised LNG solution to help the WSV fulfil its vital public service role.’
Csaba Piller, Project Manager at Abeking & Rasmussen, added: ‘The German Federal Government looking to use LNG powered vessels in a challenging, unique and versatile role represents a significant milestone for the growth of the LNG-fuelled fleet. We are glad that we are collaborating with Høglund and HB Hunte to meet the exacting specifications laid down by the client to ensure these newbuild vessels deliver their role safely and sustainably.’