Russia’s first LNG bunkering barge completes sea trials
The “Dmitry Mendeleyev” LNG bunker barge built for Gazprom neft has successfully passed sea trials, the company said in a statement. During the tests, the propulsion system, navigation equipment and control systems of the ships were tested, and its maneuverability and speed characteristics were confirmed.
In the next step, the LNG loading, storage and unloading systems will be tested. The LNG barge “Dmitry Mendeleyev” is due to be commissioned in semester 2 2021 and will be deployed to supply LNG to the ports of Saint Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Primorsk in the Gulf of Finland.
The “Dmitry Mendeleyev” project uses cutting-edge technologies in shipbuilding and LNG transport and complies with the strictest environmental standards. The 100 m bean 19 m LOA has a capacity to transport up to 5,800 m3 of liquefied natural gas. The ice-reinforced hull corresponds to the Arc $ ice class, which allows the vessel to operate unaided in one-year-old ice up to 80 cm thick.
The integrated digital system allows one person to navigate the vessel from the deck.