Seaspan Energy has launched the first of three 7,600m3 LNG bunkering vessels, the Seaspan Garibaldi.
The Seaspan Garibaldi is 112.8m in length, 18.6m in width, and 5m in draft, with a design speed of 13kts. The LNG bunkering vessels are being built by small-scale gas carrier shipyard CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE).
For the design of the LNG Bunker Vessels, Seaspan worked with the Canada-based team at Vard Marine to incorporate emerging technologies resulting in decreased emissions and underwater noise. The design is focused on safe, efficient and economical refueling of multiple ship types with an ability to transfer to and from a wide range of terminals. The design is to enable the vessel to engage in ship-to-ship LNG transfer and coastal and short-sea shipping operations.
This series of vessels will be named after Canadian West Coast mountains, with the first two vessels delivered in 2024 and the third vessel arriving in 2025. The Seaspan Garibaldi is set to deliver low-carbon solutions to the global market and will be based in the Panama region, and the second vessel is targeted to support the West Coast market as it develops.
“There is significant global interest in developing and investing in LNG bunkering solutions and Seaspan Energy is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in this growing market because of our advanced LNG capabilities and expertise,” said Ian McIver, president of Seaspan Energy.
“Developing an LNG bunkering business is a natural progression for Seaspan, as the company already provides traditional fueling services and is a highly experienced LNG vessel operator with a fleet of hybrid ferries that operate primarily on LNG.”
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