Becker Marine Systems has successfully launched the new LNG Hybrid Barge at Komárno, Slovakia.
The 76.7m-long and 11.4m-wide barge has been built by the SAM Shipbuilding and Machinery of Komárno, Slovakia, under a contract signed last year.
The new, environmentally friendly LNG Hybrid Barge is a floating power plant constructed to supply low-emission energy to cruise ships during layovers at port.
This supply of LNG at ports will allow the ships to switch off their heavy-fuel oil-powered generators to prevent the release of toxic emissions.
Becker Marine Systems managing director Dirk Lehman said: "This is an important day for the shipping industry, because the LNG Hybrid Barge is a big step forward for supplying cruise ships with environmentally friendly energy."
The hybrid barge is equipped with five generators, the first marine-classified LNG Caterpillar engines, with an overall output of 7.5mW (50Hz / 60Hz).
The testing and commissioning of the LNG Hybrid Barge will take place after its 1,500km journey starting on 12 September through the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers north towards Hamburg.
In mid October, the barge will deliver energy for the first time to a cruise ship as part of a joint project with AIDA Cruises.
Image: The LNG Hybrid Barge is ready for launch. Photo: courtesy of Becker Marine Systems.