Titan will supply LNG and LBM with LNG bunker vessel (LBV) Optimus. The vessel has a capacity of 6,000 m3 and will operate under Titan’s license in the Dutch-Belgian port–industrial region known as Amsterdam–Rotterdam–Antwerp (ARA) and the Zeebrugge port in Belgium.
Optimus arrived at the Port of Amsterdam on July 6th, giving Titan the opportunity to meet the crew and prepare them for bunkering in the ARA region.
Optimus will join the Titan fleet alongside the company’s other chartered and owned vessels such as FlexFueler001, FlexFueler002, Green Zeebrugge, and Coral Fraseri, all of which can deliver LNG and liquefied biomethane (LBM) bunker stems.
Optimus is a Finnish-Swedish ice-class 1A vessel measuring 100 m in length with a draft of 5 m. Its two 3,000 m3 C-type LNG tanks (max pressure 4.5 bar) offer an LNG bunkering speed of 4 x 250 m3 /h. The vessel is designed with dual-fuel propulsion and has a maximum speed of 13.4 knots.
The vessel was built at Damen Shipyards Yichang and completed its gas trials in Damen Verolme Rotterdam shipyard before being delivered to its owner Infortar for charter by Elenger – the new trademark recently introduced by Eesti Gaas for its export markets.
Optimus is designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification and to achieve green ship notation. Its dual-fuel propulsion system is used to manage the boil-off gas in combination with a gas boiler system.
Elenger has significantly expanded its LNG distribution business in the Baltic region. The company has been supplying one of the leading regional ferry companies Tallink Group for the past five years.
In May, Titan won the contract to supply LNG and LBM to two new LNG-fuelled hybrid ropax vessels for Brittany Ferries.
The two 195-m, 1,400-passenger LNG-hybrid ships will join Brittany Ferries’ fleet in 2024 and 2025, replacing two of the company’s longest-serving vessels, Bretagne and Normandie. They will follow entry into service of two new LNG-fuelled ships, Salamanca, which entered service in March 2022, and Santoña which will join the fleet in 2023.
The hybrid vessels will have a large battery hybrid power system of 10 MWh for propulsion and manoeuvring in port and an 8-MW electric shore connection that will allow for recharging in port, where infrastructure allows.
The ferries will operate between England and France from 2025, serving established routes connecting Portsmouth, UK, with Saint-Malo, France and Portsmouth with Ouistreham, France.
Titan LNG said the partnership deal is an expansion of its operations in the English Channel that will increase availability of LNG, LBM, and, eventually, hydrogen-derived LNG in the region. Titan said it will bring additional barge capacity to meet the demand, pointing to plans for a Krios-series vessel to serve Brittany Ferries and to regularly transit between relevant ports.