Scottish ferry owner Caledonian Maritime Assets has placed an order for two innovative LNG bunkering facilities.
To be located at the Port of Uig on the Isle of Skye and the Port of Ardrossan on the Firth of Clyde, the facilities will enable two new vessels to be fuelled with LNG, when completed.
The bunkering solutions will be designed and delivered by KC LNG, Kosan Crisplant’s division under MAKEEN Energy dedicated to LNG solutions.
Caledonian Maritime Assets is owned by the Scottish Government, and the two new LNG bunkering facilities will strengthen the sustainable profile of the ports.
LNG is broadly recognised as contributing to the global reduction of CO2 emissions in the maritime industry – and the two Scottish ports will now take part in this development.
The installations will comprise fully automated and remotely monitored facilities. They will have a 150m3 LNG tank with the capability of delivering a bunkering flow of up to 100m3/hour – and thereby meet the extensive demands of the individual ferry timetables.
The facilities are projected to be ready for operation in July 2022 as part of major upgrade works at each of the ports.
In addition to the actual LNG bunkering facilities, the order also includes a 5-year maintenance agreement. Among other things, this includes several annual service visits and support from KC LNG’s local and global network of technicians.
Moreover, the agreement also covers a remote monitoring system that makes KC LNG able to keep track of the performance and operation of the facilities anywhere and at any time. This is an important feature since the installations will be located on remote islands.