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'Greenland' completes sea trials
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:32
The worlds first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel has completed extensive sea trials, validating the ‘Greenland’s’ propeller shaft solution.  

‘Greenland’, a 5,800DWT self-loading/unloading cement carrier, is the first ever LNG-fuelled dry cargo vessel in which a pressurised liquid natural gas tank is incorporated into the vessel’s hull.

It is also the first LNG-fuelled vessel to feature a seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system. The testing of the Compac system, supplied by Duwel and made by Thordon Bearings, indicated its suitability for a variety of vessels.

“Erik Thun has truly raised the standard in sustainable shipping with this vessel, pushing the boundaries of environmental possibilities to a completely new level," said Tommy Holmgren, Sales Director with the Duwel Group, Thordon Bearings’ distributor in Sweden. "'Greenland' is a fantastic reference point not only for COMPAC in the merchant ship market, but also for the development of LNG as a ship’s fuel.”

Suitable for year-round service in the Baltic Sea, 'Greenland' completed sea trials in December, prior to taking her first operational load in Rostock, Germany.

Second of class 'Ireland' is due for delivery within the next three months, while options for two more vessels are under consideration.


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