In light of the situation, George Mermiris, General Manager, Tritec Marine and Goran Hermansson, General Manager LNG, Stena Bulk noted:
With the introduction of LNG as a viable alternative fuel in shipping for the foreseeable future the need to revise the traditional bunker ship design to service diverse vessel types is due.
As the companies informed, SAFE Bunker is an LNG bunker/feeder vessel with a capacity of 7.500 m3, 2C type tanks and offsets accommodation.
To be more specific, the vessel is installed with dual fuel diesel-electric engines and podded propulsors in the bow and the stern. The pods can also be utilised for dynamic positioning (DP) during refuelling operations.
What is more, the location of the cargo control room (at the top of the accommodation block) in combination to the DP capability enhances SAFE bunkering by alleviating contact between the two vessels even in less favourable weather conditions.
Concluding, SAFE Bunker received approval in principle by ABS back in October 2019.