Bestobell Marine, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), has received a major new order from Wärtsilä Fuel Gas Handling Division (FGH), to supply the Middle East’s first LNG (liquefied natural gas) fuelled harbour tug.

The order will see Bestobell Marine supply a complete set of cryogenic globe valves to be fitted in Wärtsilä’s LNG-Pac fuel gas systems for its new harbour tug design which will be built at Dubai Drydocks. The new tug will use LNG as the primary fuel and will be operated by Dubai Maritime City.

Duncan Gaskin, Sales Director of Bestobell Marine, said, “We are delighted to be working with Wärtsilä to supply valves to the Middle East’s first LNG fuelled harbour tug. An increasing number of vessels are being built using LNG as their primary fuel which presents great opportunities for our cryogenic valves.”

United Arab Emirates-based TASNEEF, the Class Society for the project, will provide classification and advisory services for the LNG fuel project. Bestobell Marine’s extensive experience in dealing with a variety of Class Societies will be beneficial in meeting these requirements.

Bestobell Marine was chosen as the preferred supply partner to Wärtsilä due to the company’s extensive experience in the marine sector and understanding of working with classification societies.

The company has supplied Wärtsilä FGH with over 20 ship sets of cryogenic globe valves for a variety of projects over the past three years, including the high profile Harvey Gulf offshore vessels built at Trinity Shipyard, Louisiana, which were the first LNG fuelled vessels assembled in America.

Bestobell Marine manufactures full fire-safe valves that are based on proven designs that have been used by the company on LNG ship applications for over a decade. The valves are fitted in the tank room space between the LNG fuel tank and the engine and are a critical part of the piping system that feeds the LNG fuel to the vapourisers. These vapourisers then convert the LNG back to gas. 

Over the past three years, Bestobell Marine’s cryogenic valves have been used in the majority of low pressure fuel gas systems and the company is committed to promoting the use of LNG as a fuel to help ship owners reduce both costs and emissions of CO2, NO and SO2.

Bestobell Marine also produces a range of high pressure globe valves that are fitted in fuel gas systems for MAN ME-GI engines where natural gas is injected into the engine at over 300-bar pressure. MAN has sold over one hundred of these types of engines in the past two years, driving a rapid increase in demand for high pressure cryogenic valves for these fuel gas systems. Bestobell Marine is playing a major role in meeting the challenge created by this demand with its new range of high pressure valves.