Van Oord Launches Its First LNG-Powered Vessel

The Werkendam, Van Oord’s new crane vessel, has been successfully launched in the Waalhaven in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This is the first LNG-powered vessel in the Van Oord fleet.

The vessels will contribute to the further modernisation of Van Oord’s fleet and therefore mark the start of a new generation of dredging vessels. Jaap de Jong, Staff Director of the Ship Management Department at Van Oord, explains: ‘Energy efficiency is one of the top items on our sustainability agenda.

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To reduce our carbon footprint, we are researching the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and biofuel. With this investment, we will be gaining experience of LNG-powered vessels and the related benefits.’

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The delivery of the vessel and its christening are scheduled for April 2018. It will generally be deployed to Netherlands-based projects executed by subsidiary Paans Van Oord.

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Some of this subsidiary’s other crane vessels are currently deployed at the Houtrib dike, where a Van Oord consortium is reinforcing both sides of a 25-kilometre-long section of the dike with sand and rock. The Houtrib dike, which links Enkhuizen and Lelystad, protects large parts of the Netherlands from flooding.

Reference: vanoord.com

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