Estonian energy company Elenger has taken delivery of the first of Damen’s new-class 6000 LNG refueling vessels. The new bunkering vessel, named Optimus, will be the first LNG bunkering vessel in the Gulf of Finland, serving both LNG powered vessels and small coastal customers. Its introduction is expected to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG in the Baltic by providing for the first time a mobile and efficient ship-to-ship distribution service.
The 328 feet Optimus, which can carry up to 6,000 m³ of LNG in two Type C tanks at -163 ° C, was built at Damen Shipyards Yichang and completed its gas tests at the Damen Verolme Rotterdam shipyard before being delivered to its shipowner Infortar for charter by Elenger, a new company introduced by Eesti Gaas for its export markets.
The Optimus is designed to meet the requirements of ICE Class 1A certification and to achieve an environmentally friendly vessel rating. A dual fuel propulsion system is used for the management of the evaporative gas in combination with a gas boiler system. The LGC range is also designed for fast and safe bunkering operations in ports as well as at sea, and in all weathers.
The ship used twin propellers and an efficient hull design to give her great maneuverability for port operations. A modern cargo handling system and redundant manifold arrangements allow them to perform reliable and flexible fuel transfers in accordance with the highest demands of the industry.
“We are very happy to play an important role in making sustainable maritime transport more accessible to shipowners and operators in the Gulf of Finland,” added Peter Anssems, Damen Sales Director for Eastern Europe. “We are convinced that Optimus will provide many years of productive service to Elenger and its customers.
With this first LNG bunkering vessel, Elenger has significantly developed its LNG distribution business in the Baltic region. The company has supplied regional ferry company Tallink Group for the past five years, refueling its LNG-fueled RoPax Megastar ferry using several specialized trucks. The Megastar will be one of the first customers of the Optimus, followed in spring 2022 by Tallink’s new LNG-fueled RoPax ferry, MyStar.
The Optimus replace trucks with a cleaner and much more efficient service. Elenger has also entered into pre-agreements with other customers operating freighters and container ships, tankers and cruise ships.
The construction of Optimus was supported by the EU’s CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) funding program and co-funded by the financial services group in Finland, OP Financial Group.