LNG Bunker Vessel MV Kairos Christened in Hamburg

MV Kairos during the commissioning ceremonyImage Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

MV Kairos, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel, was officially christened in a ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on February 8.

Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the ship departed South Korea, where it was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in October 2018 and arrived in Germany in December.

Chartered by LNG provider Nauticor, the bunker unit will serve marine customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Klaipėda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn, Sweden.

MV Kairos is equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0) which, according to the owners, eliminates the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations.

With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply ship. It features a ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels.

Video Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

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