TGE Marine nets contract for Seaspan’s LNG bunkering vessels

Bonn-based TGE Marine Gas Engineering said it would provide equipment for LNG bunkering vessels Canada’s Seaspan ordered in China.

Earlier this year, CIMC SOE won a contract to build two 7,600-cbm LNG bunkering vessels for Seaspan Marine Transportation.

Besides two firm LNG bunkering ships, the deal also included an option for a third vessel.

According to a statement by TGE Marine issued on Thursday, the firm received an order from CIMC SOE for the design and supply of the cargo handling and fuel gas system for three 7,600-cbm LNG bunkering vessels.

CIMC SOE would build the ships for Seaspan ULC, who operates their fleet, including LNG/battery hybrid RoRo vessels out of Western Canada, TGE Marine said.

The vessels will each feature two IMO type C cylindrical tanks and an LNG sub-cooling system to facilitate cargo conditioning during transit and anchorage.

Their customized ship-to-ship transfer system would enable bunkering of LNG-fueled vessels fitted with varying tank types as well as cool/down warming-up of LNG vessels, it said.

The vessels will go in operation starting in 2024.

TGE Marine did not provide the price tag of the deal.

Besides this deal, Norway’s Hoglund also recently won an order to deliver integrated automation system (IAS) for the three newbuild LNG bunkering vessels.

Seaspan ULC is a group of Canadian companies that are primarily involved in coastal marine, transportation, bunker fueling, ship repair and shipbuilding services on the West Coast of North America.

Designed by Vard Marine, the 112.8 meters long bunkering vessels would provide ship-to-ship LNG transfer as well as coastal/short sea shipping operations, Seaspan previously said.

Besides Vard, Seaspan partnered with the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, and FortisBC, the owner of the Tilbury LNG facility in British Columbia.

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