Launching of the second of two of the world’s first LNG-powered dry cargo ships

-Anne Bengtsson

Eric Thun AB has launched their latest newbuilding M/V Ireland, a dry cargo vessel equipped with an LNG fueled propulsion system at the Ferus Smit Shipyard in Westerbroek, the Netherlands.

MV-Ireland-launch.jpgM/V Ireland is the second LNG powered bulk vessel from Erik Thun AB and also the second one worldwide. The first one was M/V Greenland launched 2015. The newbuilding is a joint venture between Eric Thun AB and Kristian Gerhard Jebsen AS in Bergen.

MV Ireland launched at Ferus Smit, March 19, 2016

Delivery will take place the 19th of April and she will enter the market strait away, Ireland will mainly transport cement from the north of Germany to Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The ship is totally self-funded without subsidies unlike her sister ship M/V Greenland which was partly funded by EU subsidies.

The vessel is equipped with an unloading and loading system which is fully automated and is based on the principle fluidization of cement with compressed air. This means the system is fully closed and thereby dust free creating a better environment during the cargo operation.  The vessel is equipped with an LNG fueled propulsion system which means a unique design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the fore ship, the tank holds 114 cubic meters.  This is a big step forward considering the environment when it comes to shipping, trying to create a greener shipping future.

 

 

References

Ireland sjösatt I Holland – 29th of March 2016

http://www.sjofartstidningen.se/ireland-sjosatt-i-holland/

 

Launching m/v Ireland – 23rd of March 2016

http://thun.se/launching-mv-ireland/

 

World’s Second LNG-Powered Dry Cargo Ship, MV Ireland, Launched at Ferus Smit –

22d of March 2016

WATCH: World’s Second LNG-Powered Dry Cargo Ship, MV Ireland, Launched at Ferus Smit

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