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OILCHART TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST HYBRID BUNKER BARGE



IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2014

Belgian bunkering company Oilchart International NV is set to become the first company to use a hybrid

bunker barge with zero emissions in the ports of Antwerp, Ghent and Flushing.

The company has taken delivery of the MTS Martinique , which has been developed in cooperation

with Dari BV. The barge's hull was built in Kladovo, Serbia, while Shipyard Trico BV in the Netherlands

undertook all the other elements of the vessel's construction

The 1,700 metric tonne (mt) vessel has received type approval by Lloyd's Register for operation using

one 240 kW generator. In fact, the barge has two propulsion options: a 470 kW Mitsubishi diesel engine

and also two 240 kW Mitsubishi generators - one generator is used for the Baumuller 255 kW electro

engine, and the other is used to build up the power

The engine solutions can be used independently or in tandem. With a calculated speed of 13.5 km per

hour, and carrying a cargo of 1,000 metric tonnes, the vessel consumption rate is 43 litres of gasoil  per

hour with zero emissions

A spokesman for Oilchart explained: ‘The system works by dividing the power and then uses it as and

when it is needed. As a result,  fuel consumption goes down drastically with savings of approximately

30 %. 

‘Oilchart International will use the MTS Martinique for its deliveries mainly in the Port of Antwerp, with the

intention of only using the electro engines.'

The hybrid technology used on the barge was invented and developed by Severijn De Ridder of

Oechies Elektrotechniek, and Oilchart also believes that this design may have wider applications, as

the ‘concept could also be used in the future for smaller sea-going vessels'.

 

Friday 14 February, 2014


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