Trelleborg supplies tech for Germany’s Wilhelmshaven FSRU

Dubai-based Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure has joined forces with floating player Hoegh LNG to supply its tech for Germany’s first FSRU-based LNG import terminal in Wilhelmshaven.

Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure, part of Trelleborg Industrial Solutions and a unit of Swedish engineering group Trelleborg, provided its SafePilot Offshore solution for the project that was launched in December last year.

The scope of supply includes its “CAT MAX Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) and SafePilot Control Unit, which combines the functions of both a Vessel Positioning System (VPS) and Berthing Aid System (BAS),” Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure said in a statement.

As part of this project, Trelleborg’s VPS will deploy on board the FSRU.

“In combination with the CAT MAX PPU on LNG carriers and support vessels, the system will provide 360-degree visibility and 6-axis monitoring of all floating assets, in addition, the system will serve as a unified monitoring system for pilots, tugs, and FSRU,” the firm said.

Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure did not reveal the price tag of the contract.

FSRU Hoegh Esperanza

German energy firm Uniper and its partners officially launched Germany’s first LNG import facility in Wilhelmshaven on December 17.

Hoegh LNG signed a binding 10-year time charter contract with the German government to provide its 170,000-cbm FSRU Hoegh Esperanza for the project.

The FSRU has already received three LNG cargoes from the US, including one for commissioning purposes, and is about to receive its first shipment from Angola.

Prior to arriving in Wilhelmshaven on December 15, the FSRU also took a cargo in Spain.

First of six FSRU-based terminals

The Wilhelmshaven facility is the first of six FSRU-based terminals in Germany that are expected to go online by winter 2023/2024.

Moreover, the government backed the charter of five FSRUs while Deutsche ReGas built the first private FSRU-based facility in Lubmin.

The five government-backed FSRUs will be operated by new state-owned firm Deutsche Energy Terminal GmbH.

Earlier this month, Deutsche Regas officially launched its FSRU-based LNG import terminal in Lubmin, Germany’s second such facility, while the 170,000-cbm Hoegh Gannet, the country’s third FSRU and the second backed by the government, arrived in Brunsbuettel on January 20.

Work has also started on a new LNG jetty in Stade, Germany, which is expected to welcome the 170,000-cbm FSRU Transgas Force, owned by Dynagas, in winter 2023/2024.

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