LNG dredger will start operations in Rotterdam in 2018!
Port of Rotterdam present the model of a hyper-modern, LNG-powered dredging vessel – Ecodelta. The ship is currently being built at the Barkmeijer shipyard in Friesland (Netherlands) and is expected to start operations in 2018.
Currently there are no LNG-powered dredgers in operation around the globe. Belgian company DEME has three of these vessels on order with Dutch shipyard Royal IHC.
Port of Rotterdam is striving to become leading European LNG hub and is promoting the transition from fuel oil to LNG as a transport fuel for the shipping sector. By adopting LNG as a transport fuel, inland vessels, coasters and ferries can reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 20 percent and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 85 percent.
Source and more information: Port of Rotterdam