Netherlands-based cryogenic vaporiser provider Cryonorm Systems has signed an agreement with Wärtsilä to form a consortium to supply LNG systems for the inland waterway (IWW) European market.
The consortium will develop a standard LNG fuel system for European inland waterway vessels that will reduce costs and exploit the short building time of these vessels.
The deal builds upon a new study that identified five types of vessels operating in European rivers as potential targets for an LNG fuel system.
Wärtsilä ship power fuel gas handling general manager Yves Bui said: "We envisage good potential for LNG as a fuel for inland waterway vessels because of its environmental sustainability and competitive pricing.
"By sharing the expertise of Cryonorm with the in-house knowledge and vast experience that we have gained in LNG fuelling systems, we expect to facilitate and accelerate the trend towards cleaner and more efficient inland waterway shipping."
Under this partnership, the consortium will develop the LNG fuel system based on Wärtsilä’s new LNGPac gas fuel supply system.
This new version will offer simplified onboard installation and reduced costs and maintenance requirements.
Introduced in 2010, the LNGPac comprises a complete system for LNG fuel handling, including the bunkering station, LNG tank and tank connection space along with the required process equipment, heating media skid and the control and monitoring system.
The new LNGPac system will be capable of being integrated into an entire Wärtsilä LNG propulsion arrangement, Wärtsilä stated.
Image: Wärtsilä LNGPac system. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.