Babcock International has completed and delivered a first of its kind liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel to meet the growing demand for LNG powered ships.
The vessel Kairos, which has been delivered to Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a 50:50 joint venture between Babcock and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), will be deployed to the Baltic region servicing a number of clients including the Linde/AGA terminal in Nynäshamn and the Klaipėda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania.
According to Babcock, the vessel is the largest LNG bunker supply vessel in the world.
The vessel can perform both ship-to-ship bunkering and transhipment operations and will be used for the LNG fuelling of ships including ferries, containers, cruise vessels and other shore-based gas consumers.
The vessel has also been equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0) technology. This is a scalable cargo handling and fuelling solution complete with compressed natural gas storage and utilisation capabilities. The FGSV0 enables significant reductions in emissions and a reduction in environmental footprint.
Angus Campbell, director of energy projects – Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said: “As Kairos enters service, Babcock Schulte Energy is proud to be contributing towards a cleaner energy future for shipping. Our industry is evaluating ways to meet new emission regulations and reduce its carbon footprint. The use of natural gas is emerging as the most sustainable solution for powering global maritime transportation into the future. We believe that this will offer significant opportunities for the joint venture.”