Houlder Ltd. recently announced that, along with Wärtsilä Corporation and Trelleborg AB, they have developed new small to mid-scale LNG distribution infrastructure, which will enable the “jettyless” transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkers and cargoes from ship to shore.
The new technology, which is set to be formally unveiled at the GasTech 2017 conference and exhibition in Tokyo on April 4 to 7, is said to have been developed as a solution for archipelagos and coastal communities that have “limited appetite” for major civil works required for new harbours, quaysides and jetties due to environmental sensitivities and a lack of supporting investment.
“The floating transfer terminal comprises a self-propelled barge that shuttles to and from LNG vessels moored at up to 800 m offshore,” explains Houlder.
“The barge provides a base for a Houlder transfer system developed with KLAW LNG. It is a hybrid hose handling system that facilitates a safe and secure connection with the LNG vessel.”
Houlder explains that the technology uses Trelleborg Cryoline LNG Floating Hoses to transfer LNG and Boil Off Gas between the barge and any shore facility.