Industry Leaders Join Forces to Offer U.S. Ship Owners a Complete “LNG Solution”
Alliance between Siemens Drilling and Marine, Dresser-Rand—A Siemens
Business, and Lloyd’s Register provides end-to-end solution to guarantee
availability of LNG as marine propulsion fuel.
Siemens Drilling and Marine, Dresser-Rand—A Siemens Business (D-R), and
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced a best of industry team to make LNG
widely available to ship owners seeking to use natural gas as a
propulsion fuel, meeting tough Sulfur (SOx) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
emission-reduction requirements – whether regionally or globally.
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By providing an end-to-end solution encompassing the entire supply chain
from natural gas procurement to liquefaction and delivery of LNG to
new-building or retrofitting, the collaboration will remove obstacles
that can hold back wide-spread adoption of natural gas as the marine
fuel of choice.
According to Lloyd’s Register, there are approximately 40-50 LNG-fueled
vessels globally, but strong growth is predicted. Much of this proposed
growth is driven by increased emissions regulations, including stringent
EPA compliance requirements for marine customers operating across the
North American Emissions Control Area.
David Grucza, Siemens Drilling and Marine, explains, “In putting
together this team of leaders in the marine and LNG space, our
integrated solution, encompassing the entire supply chain of LNG
including gas-fueled marine propulsion systems, will remove the
chicken-and-egg hurdle from the LNG-equation. This is a disruptive
concept for the maritime industry, and the technology exists for
immediate adoption. This joint solution is not limited geographically,
and we stand ready to support the marine industry globally, although our
initial focus is on deploying U.S. shale gas.”
The initial end-to-end solution offered to the North American inland and
coastal waterways community comprises the following elements designed
and engineered by leading naval engineering firms Waller Marine Inc.
(WMI) and The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI), respectively, and will be
constructed by Conrad Industries shipyard in Texas:
Land-based and/or floating, LNGo™-liquefaction barge;
LNG bunkering barge (C-Type tanks with up to 2,500 m3 capacity); and
4,200 or higher horsepower river Pushboat.
“Together, the team brings a holistic answer to the LNG marine fuel
question of what comes first – the bunkering station or the engine?”
says David Waller, President, Waller Marine, Inc. “The innovative
solution to this industry hurdle includes the entire supply chain from
liquefaction, LNG bunkering and design, all while meeting EPA and USCG
compliance and providing smart, sustainable, lower greenhouse gas
alternative fuels to operators.”
“Lloyd’s Register is well placed to support a new fleet of gas-fueled
ships – and help them to operate safely and efficiently. Our expertise
and leadership in gas technology and operations – from gas carriers to
LNG bunkering and gas as a marine fuel – helps lead to the best
decisions based on the best, independent, technical insight,” said Mark
Darley, Americas Regional Marine Manager and President of Lloyd’s
Register North America (LRNA). Lloyd’s Register has established clear
standards describing different levels of readiness to use natural gas as
a marine fuel. Lloyd’s Register also provides training on the key
practical aspects of modern LNG carriage by sea and risk management
services to support safe LNG bunkering.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse
that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality,
reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is
active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of
electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s
largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies,
Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading
supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major
provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure
solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for
industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging
equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging
systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT.
In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated
revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of
September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.
Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business, is among the largest suppliers
of rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas,
petrochemical, and process industries. The Company operates
manufacturing facilities in the United States, France, United Kingdom,
Spain, Germany, Norway, Brazil, and India and maintains a network of 48
service and support centers (including 6 engineering and R&D centers)
covering more than 150 countries. For more information visit: http://www.dresser-rand.com/.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is the leading classification society in
the gas carrier market – both for LNG and LPG - and is also leading the
way in the international development of gas as a marine fuel. LR is
pleased to help support the development of safe gas shipping and gas
infrastructure for bunkering. LR’s leadership in the classification of
LNG carriers is now translating into the growth in the use of LNG as a
fuel, the expansion in LPG trades and the opportunities to support the
turn-around of the United States from gas importer to next exporter.
LR’s exceptional performance in the United States Coast Guard metrics
for ship safety performance, from port state control inspections, is an
important indicator of dedication to supporting safe ship operations.
Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients
confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and
dependable. Through our global technology centers and research network,
LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science
and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses. More information
is available at: http://www.lr.org.
Waller Marine, Inc. is a global leader in Floating Gas to Liquids
(GTL), Floating Power Generation and Floating Liquefaction (LNG). Since
1974, the company has set the standard for high-quality naval
architecture and marine services. Walter Marine provides design,
construction management, regulatory assistance, project development and
contractual compliance in the marine transportation and offshore
industries. Drawing on its robust marine and energy experience, Waller
Marine is advancing the domestic application of LNG through its vessel
and barge designs to support the high-horse power and marine industries
capitalize on the adoption of low cost, environmentally friendly natural
gas fuel. Visit http://wallermarine.com/
for more information.
Conrad Industries Inc. specializes in the construction,
conversion and repair of a wide variety of marine vessels for commercial
and governmental customers and the fabrication of modular components of
offshore drilling rigs and floating, production, storage and offloading
Conrad has been awarded a contract to build a 2,200 cubic meter bunker
barge, first in the U.S. Conrad has leveraged its experience with LPG
and refrigerated anhydrous ammonia to enter in to the LNG market. Mr.
Johnny Conrad, President and C.E.O. states that Conrad is extremely
pleased that the market has shown its confidence in Conrad by being able
to achieve “first of its kind” status in the LNG arena.
The company currently operates five shipyards in South Louisiana and
Texas with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. With over 12
Construction and Repair buildings totaling over 230,000 sq. ft. and six
ABS classed dry-docks, Conrad is able to provide 24/7 service to its
shallow and deepwater customers. More information available at: www.conradindustries.com.
The Shearer Group, Inc. was founded in 2010, and provides naval
architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and professional
engineer services to clients in the inland and offshore marine
industries. The Shearer Group, Inc. has extensive experience, including
functional designs for towboats, liquid and dry cargo barges, dry docks
and floating dock facilities. For more information visit: http://shearer-group.com/.
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