German maritime solutions firm Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has been awarded a management contract for a new LNG bunkering vessel in the Baltic Sea.
The Gas Supply Vessel (GSV) is currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea and will have a capacity of 7,500 cubic metres once complete.
“The ship is the sixth booked purpose-built LNG bunker supply ship newbuilding to date,’ Jan Warmke, Managing Director at BSM, said.
BSM expands technical team
The GSV is scheduled for delivery in September 2018.and will be utilized for the LNG fuelling of ships, including ferries, containers, cruise vessels and other shore-based gas consumers in the Baltic Sea.
“BSM is currently setting up the shore based management set up and is looking for gas experts to join the technical team. Later this year BSM will also start recruiting Senior seafaring personnel with gas experience,” a spokesperson for BSM said
.GSV to feature Babcock FGDV0 technology
BSM has previously partnered with engineering support services firm Babcock to develop new LNG bunkering designs and the recently awarded ship management contract relates to the first vessel to feature Babcock’s FGDV0 technology.
The FGDV0 technology will enable the GSV to operate with zero emissions during normal operations and throughout the supply of LNG to the receiving vessel, minimising the environmental impact of ship-to-ship transfers. The GSV will also be equipped with DP2 technology.
“It is noteworthy that many LNG refuelling hubs are in the process of being planned globally with GSVs expected to be more widely used. As such BSM considers the management of GSV as an interesting niche market and is trying to attract more management mandates in this market,” Warmke added.