Høglund to deliver fuel gas supply system for Utkilen tankers

Høglund to deliver fuel gas supply system for Utkilen tankers
Image courtesy of Utkilen.

Høglund has been assigned to design, supply and deliver a fuel gas supply system (FGSS) solution for Norwegian tanker owner and operator Utkilen.

The project, a fully Norwegian collaboration between the owner, Høglund and fellow Norway-based design, piping and welding company Skarweld, will see the design and installation of FGSS on four Utkilen LNG-ready sister vessels: Mostraum, Vikstraum, Saltstraum and Sydstraum.

Høglund has been commissioned to supply and deliver a control system and a monitoring system as part of an overall energy turnkey solution.

Apart from the tank installation, which will be carried out whilst the vessels at a yard, the retrofit itself will, for the main part, be delivered whilst the ships are in service in order to reduce downtime.

Partner company Skarweld will contribute to the project by designing and implementing the piping system for the vessels. The four vessels, the most modern within Utkilen’s fleet, will boast shore power capability as well as shoreside monitoring capacity through Høglund’s systems.

The new FGSS on board will enhance the four sister vessels’ energy rating and help future-proof them in advance of upcoming regulations on carbon emissions, and to adhere to the ISO 14001 standard.

Leif Larsen, director of newbuilding and projects at Utkilen, said: “Having worked with Høglund back in 2017, we are happy to announce that we have commissioned them again to further improve the environmental performance of four of our chemical tankers.”

“Høglund’s invaluable expertise and knowledge presents the latest technological innovation and engineering excellence to provide our fleet with a competitive edge, especially when it comes to optimising our systems’ efficiency and environmental performance.”

David Gunaseelan, VP sales & marketing at Høglund Marine Solutions, said: “This project will be particularly interesting due to the fact that, despite being LNG-ready, the four vessels lack gas energy systems, which is something that we are increasingly noticing in the industry. With this in mind, we are looking forward to using our engineering expertise to change this and make the systems onboard the vessels work to maximise their sustainability credentials.”