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Coral Methane's conversion to LNG bunker vessel completed

Vessel to perform LNG deliveries mainly in the southern part of the North Sea and Mediterranean.



Image credit: Anthony Veder


Updated on 22 Jun 2018 08:28 GMT

Modifications to Anthony Veder's LNG carrier, the Coral Methane, have been completed to convert the vessel into an LNG bunker vessel.

The modification is the first of its kind and involved the integration of specific LNG bunker equipment into the vessel.

The conversion work commenced in early 2018 and was carried out at Remontowa shipyard in Poland as part of a contract signed between Anthony Veder and LNG bunker supplier Shell.

The Coral Methane is to be used to cover LNG bunkering demand across Europe, operating primarily in the southern part of the North Sea and the Mediterranean.

"We are proud on our project team and crew who worked successfully in close cooperation with the yard on her modification," Anthony Veder said in an announcement.

Prior to its conversion, the 7,500-cubic-metre Coral Methane had been operating as a multipurpose vessel for Shell.

Launched in 2009 as the world's first small-scale combined LNG/LPG/LEG carrier, the vessel has performed numerous LNG ship-to-ship transfers as well as LNG ship-to-shore operations. It was also the first vessel to load LNG from the third jetty at the Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal in Rotterdam.

Commenting on the vessel conversion in November, Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder, said: "We are proud to offer Shell this pioneering solution that once again emphasizes our expertise and continuous focus on safety and innovation. Furthermore, the modification project enables us to continue to build on our strong partnership with Shell and to drive sustainable change in our industry."

Key features

The ship has two electrical generating systems: one system is able to run on LNG cargo boil-off gas (BOG) when in LNG service while the second consumes heavy fuel oil when in ballast or carrying other gas cargoes.

Cargoes are carried in two tanks and the Coral Methane is able to carry all common LNG, LPG, and ethylene. The ship's size and design makes it especially suitable for longer trips.

The vessel also incorporates electric azimuth pod propulsion, offering flexibility and manoeuvrability - features that Anthony Veder previously said "makes Coral Methane the ideal vessel for modification into an LNG bunker vessel".






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