Chart Ferox, a.s., a member of Chart Industries’ Distribution and Storage (D&S) segment in Europe, has been awarded a contract by Hybrid Port Energy Gmbh & Co. KG (HPE) to provide LNG fuel storage and processing equipment for the LNG-Hybrid Barge, which will operate in Hamburg’s HafenCity. The LNG-Hybrid Barge uses LNG to generate electricity from combined heat and power units and generators; electricity thus generated will be fed into the cruise ship’s power supply as needed.
The LNG-Hybrid Barge is a project between HPE and cruise liner operators and will provide power to cruise liners—in this case AIDA cruise liners—during their layovers in the port of Hamburg using LNG to reduce emissions in accordance with current and future MARPOL regulations.
|The LNG-Hybrid Barge. Click to enlarge.|
The ability of the cruise vessel to switch from diesel to LNG as a source of electricity is expected to eliminate sulfur oxide (SOx) and particle emissions, lower nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 80%, and reduce carbon dioxide by an additional 30%.
Chart’s on-board LNG system comprises two 40-ft LNG ISO intermodal containers and a skid mounted Gas Processing Unit (GPU), along with connecting equipment, controls, safety appliances and associated piping. LNG will be supplied in modular form using ISO containers swapped on a full-for-empty basis to eliminate the need for a dedicated bunkering station.
All engineering, major capital equipment and assembly will be performed by Chart’s operations in Decin, Czech Republic. Equipment delivery and commissioning is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014 with the LNG-Hybrid Barge planned to come into operation during the third quarter of 2014.
Chart is a global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases.