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Hexagon Lincoln to Supply CNG tanks for LNG Supply Vessel

20 February 2018

Hexagon Lincoln will supply high-pressure CNG TITAN tanks for fuel storage on-board a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply vessel being built for Babcock Schulte Energy.

The TITAN composite cylinders will store compressed boil-off-gas from the LNG tanks and flash gas from cargo operations and supply the CNG as fuel to the ship's dual-fuel propulsion engines. The boil-off-gas recovery system is designed by the UK-based company Babcock LGE Process, a developer of systems for handling, storage and distribution of liquefied gases in both the marine and onshore sectors. 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 (ECA) 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 (SOx) and particulate matter (PM)," explains 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."

"Babcock's boil-off-gas recovery system is an innovative way of meeting stringent emission regulations," says Miguel Raimao, Vice President Mobile Pipeline Americas at Hexagon Lincoln. "It is a cost-effective way for vessel operators to address environmental concerns, and our TITAN tanks are a key enabler for achieving this. TITAN remains the industry leader for large scale Type 4 storage vessels; it's the only marine scale solution that combines lightweight with high pressure performance."

"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," adds Jack Schimenti, President of Hexagon Lincoln.

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