The project was initiated in 2012 when several partners from different sectors started to discuss how and when a conversion of a vessel to LNG operation would be possible. A joint industry project, JIP LNG CONV, was established by Furetank, FKAB, MaK, Pon Power Scandianvia, Preem, Bureau Veritas, Oresund Drydocks, Swedish Shipowners’ Association and SSPA, using the ZVT method and platform.
The JIP defined several joint expectations with the holistic aim to convert, and run, a main engine on LNG to show environmental benefits. The project identified the ideal vessel, FURE WEST, a tanker for oil and chemicals, optimized for minimum energy consumption in all aspects. Amongst the activities within the project are eg to develop an engine upgrade kit, safety assessment and class approval of drawings. Amongst the more practical activities are design and manufacturing of the engine and LNG tanks, developing of procedures for handling LNG components as well as vocational training.
The project has now entered into the next phase as the LNG tanks are under construction and the engine retrofit is proceeding. After the conversion the FURE WEST will continue trading in the Northern European ECA. Below find the image where Per-Anders Höglund, Safety Manager at Furetank Rederi, stands in front of the LNG tanks measuring 4,15 m by 24 m each.
JIP LNG CONV part of the PILOT LNG
JIP LNG CONV is one of six projects that are part of the Pilot LNG, co-funded by the EU through the TEN-T programme. Pilot LNG is aiming to establish an LNG bunkering infrastructure, including all components required to ship LNG from the gas supplier to the LNG terminal, from the terminal to the bunker vessel, and from the bunker vessel to the LNG fuelled vessels. FURE WEST will be an important part of the establishment of an LNG infrastructure in the Skagerrak/Kattegat area and the Baltic Sea.