Keppel hands over Russia’s first LNG bunkering vessel

Keppel Offshore & Marine has delivered Russia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.

The Singaporean firm said on Thursday it delivered the 5,800-cbm ice-class LNG bunkering vessel, Dmitry Mendeleev, to Shturman Koshelev. Keppel’s Nantong yard in China built the ship that will serve Gazprom Neft.

To remind, Keppel Singmarine, a unit of Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine, won the contract to build the vessel back in December 2018.

The yard launched the LNG bunkering vessel named after Russian chemist and researcher Dmitry Mendeleev in December.

Moreover, the vessel will provide LNG via ship-to-ship transfers throughout the Baltic Sea.

These include clients at major ports in St Petersburg, Ust-Luga, Primorsk but also elsewhere, according to Gazprom Neft, a unit of Russian gas giant Gazprom.

As per the specifications, the vessel is 100 metres long, and 19 metres wide. Its Arc4 ice-class reinforced hull enables it to navigate one-year-old ice of up to 90 cm thick, independently.

The vessel features dual-fueled Wartsila engines that will also use LNG as fuel.

Additionally, the ships’ integrated digital system allows that just one crew member controls the vessel directly from the navigation bridge, the Russian firm said.

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