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Van Oord orders first LNG-powered crane vessel

New Vessels // March 10, 2017

Werkendam will operate on LNG with gas oil as backup.

Van Oord has ordered the construction of a new crane vessel. This vessel, which will be named Werkendam, will be Van Oord’s first LNG-powered vessel. It will generally be deployed to Netherlands-based projects executed by subsidiary Paans Van Oord.

Werkendam is being built by Neptune in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands. It will take about 12 months to build the crane vessel. After completion, the vessel will be able to run on LNG, with gas oil as backup.

With a 38m3 tank on the aft deck, the Werkendam will be able to store enough LNG on board to sail and operate for fourteen days without bunkering LNG.

Thanks to what the company described as 'smart features' the vessel will use less fuel and emit less CO2 without compromising operational production.

Werkendam will be equipped with various sensors and energy storage systems. The sensors will monitor the energy consumption of almost all of the equipment and systems on board, which will even make it possible to store and reuse overcapacity, for example when operating the crane. The data produced by these monitoring systems will provide crew members with an insight into energy consumption, enabling them to respond appropriately.

Jaap de Jongf Director of the Ship Management Department at Van Oord, said: "Energy efficiency is one of the top items on our sustainability agenda. To reduce our carbon footprint, we are researching the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and biofuel. With this investment, we will be gaining experience of LNG-powered vessels and the related benefits."

The vessel will be 68.4m long with a breadth overall of 11.40m and will have a hopper capacity of 700m3.

It will have a four-rope grab crane.

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