Hexagon Lincoln, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, has been awarded a deal to supply high-pressure CNG TITAN tanks for fuel storage onboard a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply vessel being built for Babcock Schulte Energy. The TITAN cylinders will store compressed boil-off-gas from the LNG tanks and flash gas from cargo operations, as well as supply CNG as fuel to the ship’s dual-fuel propulsion engines.
The boil-off-gas recovery system is designed by U.K.-based Babcock LGE Process, a provider of specialized systems for handling, storing and distributing liquefied gases in both the marine and onshore sectors. According to Hexagon, the TITAN cylinders are an integral part of the ship’s patent-pending FGSV0 system, developed by Babcock LGE Process, to enable the LNG bunker vessel to meet the emission limits of the IMO Emission Control Areas regulations.
“By compressing the boil-off and flash gas and supplying it as fuel to the ship’s engines, our clients will save distillate fuel costs and, at the same time, reduce the vessel’s emissions of sulphur oxides and particulate matter,” says Andrew Scott, general manager at Babcock LGE Process. “In addition, we eliminate fugitive emissions of LNG from the cargo systems, providing a true zero-emissions solution.”
“We’re really pleased to have been chosen by Babcock LGE Process to work on this cutting-edge project. Babcock’s boil-off-gas recovery system is an innovative way of meeting stringent emission regulations. It is a cost-effective way for vessel operators to address environmental concerns, and our TITAN tanks are a key enabler for achieving this,” says Miguel Raimao, vice president of Mobile Pipeline Americas at Hexagon Lincoln.
Jack Schimenti, president of Hexagon Lincoln, adds, “This order marks our expansion of our Mobile Pipeline solutions into high-horsepower fuel systems and the maritime application, which we see as a great future market opportunity.”
The maritime class acceptance for this project is performed by Lloyd’s Register, notes Hexagon.