The research vesselATAIRrecently received LNG from Gasum in the company’s first truck-to-ship bunkering operation in Germany.
TheATAIRis currently under construction at Fassmer shipyard in Berne/Motzen in Germany, and is the world’s first LNG-fuelled research vessel. The vessel will enter into service in 2020 and will replace the oldATAIR, commissioned in 1987.
Fassmer was awarded the contract to build the ship for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), which will use the vessel for sea surveying, wreck search, and research. As well as delivering the LNG, Gasum is supporting Fassmer in the execution of the operation at the shipyard.
The decision to equip theATAIRwith engines that can run on LNG was made because LNG emits significantly less emissions compared to a diesel-fuelled ship. As a result, the newATAIRdoes not only comply with the TIER III exhaust emission regulations, but also with the EPA TIER IV rules regarding soot particles. Furthermore, the underwater sounds of the vessel are optimised, which protects the marine environment and ensures optimal conditions for the scientific work.
“Our first LNG bunkering operation with trucks in Germany was a great success and we are proud that we can support the Fassmer shipyard with this very important newbuild project. Gasum have already supported customers with ship-to-ship deliveries in North West Europe. However, this truck-to-ship delivery underlines our commitment to expand our geographical footprint in continental Europe. We are working actively on extending our business in the region and have lined up several projects in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, and Belgium”, says Jacob Granqvist, Sales Director, LNG Maritime, Gasum.