Orion Gets First LNG Supply

DEME Group’s DP3 offshore installation vessel Orion has undergone the first liquid natural gas (LNG) bunkering.

Source: DEME Group

The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel Kairos, operated by Nauticor, supplied Orion with LNG at the Port of Rostock in Germany.

According to DEME, this marks only the second ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation to take place in Germany and the first at the Port of Rostock.

Currently, Orion is at the Liebherr construction yard in Rostock, where it is being outfitted with a 5,000t crane.

“Our recent fleet additions are unique in their market segments as the first vessels in our industry to run on LNG. We want to make sure our fleet is future-proof and exceeds the current environmental regulations. Therefore, most of our new vessels are equipped with dual fuel engines, which are capable of running on LNG,” said Bart Verboomen, Head of DEME’s Technical Department.

“Many of them are also already prepared for the new, carbon neutral fuels of the future and we will continue to scale up our actions to have the most energy efficient fleet in the industry.”

Orion is DEME’s fifth dual-fuel vessel, following the cable installation vessel Living Stone and three trailing suction hopper dredgers.

After joining the company’s fleet, the 216.5m long vessel will head to the Moray East offshore wind farm project in the UK for the installation of 103 jackets.

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