Crane vessel on LNG is a conscious choice, says Sleipnir Project Director

Sipke Schuurmans, who is the Project Director of Heerema’s Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel ‘Sleipnir’, currently under construction by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore, will give an update on the Sleipnir newbuild project as part of the OEEC 2016 Technical session: Gas fueled offshore vessels.

“As part of its vision to be frontrunner in the offshore industry in implementing sustainable values, Heerema made a conscious choice to be an early adopter of LNG fueling, even before it was fully known how the infrastructure for offshore LNG bunkering would develop,” says Schuurmans ahead of his presentation at Offshore Energy next week.

In order to limit its environmental footprint, SSCV ‘Sleipnir’ will be equipped with a dual fueled (LNG and MGO) power generation plant. In his presentation, Schuurmans will address some unique design and bunkering aspects related to the use of LNG as marine fuel on board of a dynamically positioned construction vessel that normally stays offshore for long periods of time.

Whether prompted by environmental regulations, by financial incentives or both, shipowners and shipbuilders are increasingly considering alternatives for heavy marine fuels.The session “Gas fueled offshore vessels” will cover the market supply and advantages of LNG and GTL as marine fuels as well as the regulatory and technological challenges associated with increasing the use of cleaner marine fuels.

Other speakers include:

  • Luca Franza, Researcher, Clingendael International Energy Programme

   Outlook for LNG imports into the EU to 2025

  • Sean Bond, Director Global Gas Solutions, ABS

  LNG fuel for offshore support vessels – the technical path to realization

  • Marcel van den Berg, Key Account Manager Commercial Fuels, Shell

  Cleaner burning fuel: Shell GTL Fuel Marine

  • Frank Harteveld, General Manager Fuel gas Systems, Wärtsilä

   LNG as fuel in a dynamic coastal offshore environment

This technical session is organized in cooperation with: LNG World News and Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) and will be moderated by Roel de Graaf, Managing Director of Netherlands Maritime Technology.


Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is an annual event focused on the complete offshore energy industry, from oil & gas to the wind and marine energy.

The two-day event, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 25 & 26 October includes an exhibition where an expected 650+ supply chain companies will showcase their products and services. Next to that, there is an accompanying conference that covers key topics and solutions for the offshore community.

Offshore Energy is the fastest growing gathering of offshore industry professionals. Founded in 2008, Offshore Energy has been breaking records year after year. The 2015 edition attracted 11,865 unique attendees representing 86 nationalities.

Source: Navingo

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