Norwegian company Hoglund Marine Solutions has been awarded a contract by shipping company Bergen Tankers to deliver a cargo-handling system for the LNG bunkering vessel “Bergen LNG”.
“As part of a long-term charter with Shell Gasnor, the vessel will be the first LNG bunkering vessel to operate in Norway and will be retrofitted from an existing fuel oil bunkering ship,” explained Hoglund.
“Previously known as ‘Oslo Tank’, the ‘Bergen LNG’ vessel will operate in Bergen harbour from the fourth quarter of 2020 and will serve future LNG-powered cruise ships in the Hurtigruten and Havila coastal routes,” added Hoglund.
Hoglund said it would supply both hardware and automation solutions to ensure safe and efficient operations, including an IMO Type C cargo tank, cargo pumps, bunker manifolds, custody transfer system, and a ship-to-ship transfer system.
“Hoglund has worked on several of the world’s current LNG bunkering vessels, and each project has demonstrated how specialist expertise is needed to integrate and control the systems of these vessels safely and reliably,” said Peter Morsbach, the Director of Projects at Hoglund.
“Retrofits should be an easy way for an owner to benefit from the shift to alternative fuels, but there are complications that can stand in the way that require more than the standard one-size-fits-all solution to overcome,” he explained.
“Unlike a newbuild, which belongs to the yard until delivery, a retrofitted vessel is the property of the owner throughout its refitting,” added Morsbach.
“At Hoglund, we support the owner by drawing upon our dedicated expertise and vast experience to ensure an in-time delivery, installation of our solutions and overall integration of loose ends,” he stated.
Ingemar Tonder Presthus, the Technical & Marine Manager at Bergen Tankers, said that a retrofit was a complex technical challenge from both a hardware and software engineering point of view.
“Hoglund was an ideal choice, based on their track record fitting automation systems for LNG bunker vessels and other vessel types elsewhere in the world, and their ability to execute a retrofit quickly,” he added.