LNG Solutions for Inland Waterways

Thursday, December 10, 2015 10:00 am EST


David Grucza, Director, Siemens Drilling and Marine

Recently at the annual International Workboat Show in New Orleans, we announced a partnership with Dresser-Rand—A Siemens Business, Lloyd’s Register, Waller Marine, Conrad Industries and The Shearer Group Inc. to make liquid natural gas (LNG) widely available to inland towboat owners seeking to use natural gas as a propulsion fuel and thereby meet both Sulfur (SOx) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emission reduction requirements both regionally and globally.

This partnership will provide an innovative end-to-end solution encompassing the entire supply chain from natural gas procurement to the liquefaction and delivery of LNG to new-build and retrofitted vessels, and is aimed to remove obstacles that have often held back the wide-spread adoption of natural gas as the marine fuel of choice.

Innovation always begins with a need: The Marine industry has been adapting to global changes in energy and fuel for many years. As a result, Siemens has been at the forefront of innovation, making new products and services readily available for all different types of vessels.

LNG isn’t the first innovation to come out of the Siemens Marine business, or the last. Recently, Siemens provided a BlueDrive PlusC propulsion system  with batteries and charging stations for the world’s first all-electric ferry in Norway. The Ampere, launched this year, carries up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across 4.2 miles.

At 260-feet, the vessel recharges its batteries at each docking in less than 10 minutes, which is faster than the smartphone currently in your pocket. In addition, the ferry has modern construction and materials which allow for better propulsion and lighter over-all load when moving back and forth across the Sognefjord channel.

The landscape of the Marine industry is continuously changing, and could look dramatically different in the future as more renewable technologies are adapted to more vessels. LNG could one day become the industry standard for fueling of all vessels, at least for the ones that are not completely electric.