The first steel cut for our two LNG / LBG-powered biofuel tankers with hybrid battery systems took place at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard on Tuesday, 30 June.
This is a further development of our AVIC series. The two vessels on 15,000 dwt have been ordered from CMJL, formerly AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding, under the project name AVIC SERIES 2.0.
– We saw a will and a potential in the shipyard when we got there in 2013. Having the first four vessels Ternsund, Ternfjord, Tern Sea, and Tern Ocean in operation for three, four years, we found that our customers, crew, and the owners are very satisfied with that shipyard, says Tryggve Möller.
Continues to take green steps
With the new vessels, we have invested too come closer to carbon-neutral operations and reduce the impact on the environment.
– Our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40% through reduced fuel consumption and LNG operation was achieved through the first series. Now we continue our journey towards fossil-free operations with hybrid technology and over time also by biofuels, says Tryggve Möller.
Batteries and shore power
In addition to dual-fuel machinery that can be run on liquid biogas (LBG) or natural gas (LNG), the newbuilding’s get a hybrid battery system.
– This way we can eliminate the use of auxiliary engines in arrival and departure from the port, says Tryggve Möller.
In addition, the vessels will be equipped with shore power connections that will eliminate the emissions in port, which are generated from the auxiliary machines.
– This is both costly and technically complicated because the connection must be carried out in an explosion area, he says.
The vessels will also be equipped with new digital technology.
– All development that the company does together with customers, ports, STM, and ship agents within just in time can be coordinated to optimize the ship’s operation both for the environment and from an efficiency perspective, says Tryggve Möller.
Close cooperation with Port of Gothenburg
The vessels are designed by Kongsberg (former Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine) in collaboration with Terntank. As regards to the shore power connection, we have worked in close cooperation with Port of Gothenburg.
– Now we hope and believe that Port of Gothenburg will make an investment decision later this fall and plug green electricity at the quays in Skarvikshamnen just until the first vessel arrives around New Year 2021, says Tryggve Möller.
The two newbuilding’s will be put into service on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea during 2021. The first, AD077, are going to be delivered in November 2021 and the second, AD0078, will be delivered in February 2022.
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