Maran Gas Maritime, the gas shipping unit of Angelicoussis Shipping Group, has taken delivery of its first electrical liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, ‘The Woodside Rogers’, featuring GE’s power and propulsion technology.
The LNG carrier, which completed sea trials in late April, was built by South Korea-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) at its shipyard near Busan.
The Woodside Rogers is equipped with a GE system comprising of four 9.85mva generators, main and cargo switchboards, four transformers, two converters, two 13.26mw motors and remote control.
The electric drive system for the new LNG carrier is supported by tri-fuel engines that run on natural gas, marine diesel gas or heavy fuel oil.
GE said the layout of the tri-fuel engine reduces emissions and fuel consumption and offers a high level of redundancy that improves the safety of the carrier.
In addition, GE provided project management, system and equipment engineering, commissioning and assistance for sea and gas trials.
GE Power Conversion Korea general manager Mr SB Ahn said: "The recent introduction of GE’s latest innovative technologies demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to the marine industry."
Maran Gas technical director, Andreas Spertos, said: "DSME made a strong case for using the GE technology based on their substantial experience over the years, in combination with the tri-fuel engine."
Earlier, DSME and GE partnered to develop electric propulsion systems for six vessels prior to the Woodside Rogers contract.
Maran Gas has ordered seven LNG carriers equipped with GE power and propulsion technology from DSME for delivery between now and 2015.
Image: Woodside Rogers is equipped with a GE electrical induction-based propulsion solution. Photo courtesy of GE Power Conversion.