The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Port of Vancouver USATOC EventsPort of South LouisianaPort of StocktonCoaltrans Global 2021
  • Vigan
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Sailors Society
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • TOC Events
  • Cimbria

Steel cut at Damen Yichang Shipyard

Steel cut at Damen Yichang Shipyard

(Posted on 27/03/19)

A ceremony has been held at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China, to mark the start of cutting steel for the first of a planned series of short-sea LNG Bunker vessels to be built for Eesti Gaas of Estonia. The 6,000m³ capacity vessel and its future sister-ships are intended to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel in the north-eastern region of the Baltic Sea by providing a mobile and efficient ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time.

Virgo Vinkel, Technical Manager (Tallink), represented AS Infortar, the parent company of Eesti Gaas, at the ceremony. The event was also attended by Peter Anssems, Sales Manager, Sales East and South-East Europe, and Kevin Douma, Project Manager, Offshore and Transport, both from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, together with Mr. Deng Zhiping, Managing Director of Damen Yichang Shipyard and members of his management team.

At the ceremony the first sections of the 100-metre, LGC 6000 LNG class vessel were cut from 8mm steel plate and will eventually be part of the wall separating the ship’s engine room from the tank hold. Assembly will start in May with the installation of the LNG tanks scheduled for November. Following sea trials, the ship will arrive in Estonia next summer and will start serving LNG clients in the autumn. The new vessel will be capable of carrying out bunker activities at designated locations both in and outside ports.

The LGC 6000 LNG is designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification, allowing her to operate all year in the Gulf of Finland and the northern Baltic. She will also achieve green ship notation. A dual-fuel propulsion system will be used for the management of the Boil-Off Gas (BOG) in combination with a gas burner, and the interior of the vessel will feature high-quality accommodation for her crew.

Eesti Gaas will operate the vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company Infortar AS. Since 2016, Eesti Gaas has expanded its LNG transport and bunkering capacity by entering long-term LNG supply contracts with shipping companies and industrial consumers. Over time, as the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel gains momentum, it is anticipated that additional LGC 6000 LNG vessels will enter operation.

“The start of steel cutting for this brand-new vessel for Infortar marks an important milestone in the start of her construction,” said Peter Anssems, in his speech at the steel-cutting. “We are very grateful to Eesti Gaas and Infortar for choosing Damen to build their new LNG bunkering vessel. This newbuilding project is also an excellent example of the cooperation between China and the Netherlands and underlines the capabilities of Damen Yichang Shipyard as a builder of sophisticated vessels.”

“With this high-tech joint venture, Eesti Gaas and our launch client ferry-operator Tallink will ascend to having the title of the LNG companies with the most competence and experience in this region,” said Kalev Reiljan, a member of the management board of Eesti Gaas. “Eesti Gaas has performed over 1,500 port-based LNG truck-to-ship refuellings of Tallink’s LNG-powered Megastar ferry and now we are moving on toward offshore, more mobile solutions.”

This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport programme.

Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

AS Eesti Gaas is one of the largest and most experienced energy companies in Estonia, whose core product and competence is natural gas – an efficient, cheap and very clean energy source.

Latest News

New security guidance from ICS

(Posted on 11/04/21)

As recent news reports highlight, the shipping industry continues to face threats such as piracy, kidnapping... Read more


Algoma takes delivery of latest Equinox Class bulker

(Posted on 06/04/21)

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading supplier of marine transportation services, has announced that... Read more


Wavespec announces management buyout

(Posted on 06/04/21)

Wavespec, as the last technical entity within Braemar Shipping Services Plc, has announced that it is... Read more


Vaccination lottery for dry bulk sector

(Posted on 31/03/21)

INTERCARGO believes that, once again seafarers are falling victim to the lack of focus and joined up... Read more


Suez demonstrates importance of shipping

(Posted on 28/03/21)

As efforts to refloat the Ever Given continue, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released... Read more


GTMaritime moves to employee ownership

(Posted on 28/03/21)

GTMaritime has announced that it has transitioned its business to an Employee Owned Trust (EOT), in... Read more


Joint research on autonomous ships risk

(Posted on 28/03/21)

Leading classification society ClassNK has begun joint investigative research with Sompo Japan Insurance... Read more


Western Bulk looks to “promising” 2021

(Posted on 22/03/21)

Oslo-based global dry bulk operator, Western Bulk has published its 2020 Annual Report with a full year... Read more


Reducing seafarer anxiety and sadness

(Posted on 22/03/21)

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea training and support reduces... Read more


Great Eastern adds to bulk fleet

(Posted on 17/03/21)

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a second-hand... Read more


TelestackViganCimbriaBühler GmbHTBA GroupSailors Society
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • TBA Group
  • Telestack

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping