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DEME bunkers its dual-fuel hopper dredger 'Scheldt River' with LNG for the first time in Germany


DEME’s pioneering dual fuel Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger ‘Scheldt River’ was successfully bunkered with Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) at Brunsbüttel Ports on 12 February.  Approximately 85 tonnes of the environmentally friendly fuel was loaded, making this the largest LNG bunkering operation in Germany so far, and this was the first LNG bunkering of a hopper dredger as well.

The bunker supplier, Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG of Hamburg, a member of the Linde Group, delivered the  fuel in five trucks, two of which were unloaded simultaneously. Due to a professional cooperation between the DEME team, the bunkering experts from Nauticor and Brunsbüttel Ports, the operation was carefully prepared and safely and efficiently performed.

The ability to carry out the LNG bunkering of a larger vessel was proven today. However, further improvements will be made in the near future when ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG will be possible.



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