The “greenports I”, presumably the first working vessel at a European seaport to be powered by eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG), will then regularly carry silt dredged from the harbour basins in Bremerhaven to the disposal facility in Bremen-Seehausen, Germany.
LNG is an eco- and climate-friendly alternative to conventional fuels, which means that the emission of sulphur oxides and particulates can be reduced to virtually nil. Emissions of nitrogen oxides will be reduced by around 85%, carbon dioxide by approx. 20%.
Right now, the new-build vessel still bears very little resemblance to a ship. At the ceremony, the hull went down the slipway without superstructures, engines or other equipment. The gas-diesel-electric propulsion system still has to be tested by Sandfirden, the engine supplier. The two tanks, each of which can hold 6 m3 of LNG, are currently being manufactured in Asia and are scheduled for installation in June.