The EU co-funded project with the snappy title Spanish/French sustainable Atlantic motorways of the seas using as fuel for engine LNG, or S/F SamueLNG for short, is in its final stage. The results of the project will be presented at a conference from 25–26 September 2019, in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The S/F SamueLNG project aims to accelerate the infrastructure that will enable the implementation of LNG as a marine fuel, and focusses on the Atlantic Corridor as one of the most important shipping routes of the European Union. The two main objectives of the project are the preliminary studies, which will lead to the development of innovative solutions for an LNG supply chain in several ports in the region, and the LNG retrofit of the an 8,500 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain from marine gas oil to a dual-source fuel engine system.
At the one-day conference, the retrofitted Samuel de Champlain will be doing trials. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the retrofitted vessel in small groups and to get up close and personal with experts involved in the reconstruction and the operation of the dual-fuel dredger.
In addition, the main challenges and results of the project will be presented and discussed, including topics such as the role of LNG as an alternative marine fuel, the LNG retrofit of the vessel, LNG bunkering studies including a risk assessment and mobile bunkering solutions for smaller ports, as well as discussion of environmental impact assessment studies.
In the second half of the conference, interactive workshops are planned for more in-depth discussions to share experience on operational aspects of LNG dredging vessels and bunkering.
The CEDA Working Group on Energy Efficiency will also present their results during the event. There are also plans to invite experts from different countries to tell about their respective strategies for cutting emissions from marine operations.
Attendance to the conference will be free of charge; however, delegates will be requested to register.
CEDA is part of the Dragages Ports led consortium of 12 partners from along the Atlantic Arch and is responsible for communicating the project results.
Consortium members are:
- Five public port authorities:
Nantes Saint-Nazaire (GPMNSN), Le Havre (GPMH), Rouen (GPMR), Port Authority of Gijon (APG), and Port Authority of Vigo (APV)
- Two ship engineering and design companies: Inova and Ghenova
- Two energy supply companies:
Energias de Portugal (EDP) and Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF)
- A short sea shipping company: Suardiaz (VN)
- The CEDA Environment Commission will link their regular fall meeting to the SamueLNG conference so that interested members could participate in the event.
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