Dutch Yard Gets Order for 40 LNG-Fuelled Barges
Dutch shipbuilder Concordia Damen has won an order for 40 LNG-fuelled barges from institutional investors advised by JP Morgan, it said on November 6. It did not disclose the contract value.
The 110 by 11.5-m dual-fuel barges will be chartered by Anglo-Dutch major Shell and operated by a joint venture between VT Group and Marlow. They have extreme shallow draught capabilities – 2,800 metric ton on 3.25 m draught – in order to maximise cargo carrying capacity on Dutch, Belgian and German canal and river networks.
Construction will begin in December, with the first vessel due for delivery in November 2021. Another barge will be delivered each month after that until the order is completed at the end of 2024. They will transport mineral oils between Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Rhine network.