First LNG Bunker Vessel for the Baltic Region

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Optimus is the first LNG bunker vessel for the Baltic region (Damen)

Published Oct 25, 2021 7:38 PM by The Maritime Executive

The Estonian energy company Elenger has taken delivery of the first of Damen’s new class of Liquified Gas Carrier (LGC) 6000 LNG bunkering vessels. The new bunker vessel, named Optimus, will be the first LNG bunkering vessel in the Gulf of Finland, serving both LNG-powered vessels and smaller shoreside customers. Its introduction is expected to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG in the Baltic by providing a mobile and efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time.

The 328-foot Optimus, which can carry up to 6,000m³ of LNG in two type-C tanks at -163° C, was built at Damen Shipyards Yichang and completed its gas trials in Damen Verolme Rotterdam shipyard before being delivered to its owner Infortar for charter by Elenger, a new company introduced by Eesti Gaas for its export markets.

The Optimus is designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification and to achieve a green ship notation. A dual-fuel propulsion system is used for the management of the boil-off gas in combination with a gas boiler system. The LGC range is also designed for fast and safe bunkering operations both in ports and offshore, and in all weather conditions. 

The vessel used dual propellers and an efficient hull design to provide it with high maneuverability for in-harbor operations. A modern ca....

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