The First Bunkering Vessel for Natural Gas Refueling was Built in Russia
In the near future, the vessel will start sailing to the Baltic Sea to the place of permanent work.
The bunkering vessel, named after the great Russian scientist and chemist Dmitry Mendeleev, will provide ship-to-ship transportation and refueling of LNG in the ports of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea - in St. Petersburg, Ust-Luga, Primorsk, Kaliningrad and Vyborg.
Anatoly Cherner, the Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, of “Gazprom Neft” : “In the medium term, liquefied natural gas will play a key role in the decarbonization of shipping. Due to its high environmental and operational characteristics, LNG can take a significant share in the structure of marine fuels sales in international shipping. Having successfully implemented the first project in Russia for the construction of an LNG bunkering vessel, “Gazprom Neft” has, in fact , created a new market segment for the country for marine gas motor fuel from scratch. This year we will start commercial operations with LNG in the Baltic region ”.
The vessel is 100 meters long and 19 meters wide, will be able to transport up to 5800 m³ and, due to the reinforced hull of the ice class Arc4, will overcome first-year ice up to 0.8 meters thick. The project uses the latest shipbuilding and LNG transportation technologies, and takes into account the advanced environmental requirements for sea transport and NGV refueling processes. “Dmitry Mendeleev” is also an environmentally friendly transport, as it uses natural gas as a fuel for a power plant. The LNG bunkering equipment complies with the international MARPOL convention and is certified according to the ECO-S environmental standard. Thanks to the digital integrated system, the vessel can be operated by one person from the navigational bridge.