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DEME’s 5,000-tonne heavy-lift vessel takes first LNG delivery

PRESS RELEASE – In the second ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation to take place in Germany, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel ‘Kairos’, operated by Nauticor, has supplied DEME’s new offshore installation vessel ‘Orion’ with LNG for the first time.

‘Orion’ is currently at the Liebherr construction yard in the Port of Rostock, where it is being outfitted with a 5,000-tonne crane. The new offshore installation vessel is the fifth dual fuel addition to DEME’s fleet, following three trailing suction hopper dredgers (Minerva, Scheldt River and Bonny River) and a cable laying vessel (Living Stone).

The ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG is another milestone in the construction of this game-changing vessel, which features a combination of exceptionally high transport and load capacity, impressive lifting heights and green technology, DEME states.

With its multi-year fleet investment programme, the Belgian offshore contractor aims to make continuous improvements in terms of productivity and environmental performance.

“Our recent fleet additions are unique in their market segments as the first vessels in our industry to run on LNG. We want to make sure our fleet is future-proof and exceeds the current environmental regulations. Therefore, most of our new vessels are equipped with dual-fuel engines, which are capable of running on LNG. Many of them are also already prepared for the new, carbon-neutral fuels of the future and we will continue to scale up our actions to have the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry”, says Bart Verboomen, Head of DEME’s Technical Department.

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