The new barges are being built by the Dutch shipyard VEKA Shipbuilding BV and will be used for expanding Shell’s activities in the ARA region (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) and Rhine region (Germany/Switzerland).
Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of Shell Shipping & Maritime, said: “These innovative new vessels represent a great leap forward in terms of safety and efficiency of our fleet.”
“This investment underlines that Shell is confident that LNG will form a greater part of the global fuel mix in the transport sector. Shell supports the development of a new European maritime sector, based on LNG for inland and coastal ships, ” adds Dick Benschop, president director of Shell Netherlands.
The 110 meter long barges are designed with a view to improving environmental performance, safety and optimum cargo capacity. The main engines of the vessels, delivered by Wärtsilä, will be running on 95-98% LNG fuel supplemented with a small amount of diesel for ignition.
It is expected that the barges will be delivered between late 2016 and mid-2018.