Engineering and technology group, Sener has unveiled its newly developed liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel for the oil and gas market.


The 114.8m-long vessel has been designed by the company by leveraging its 40 years of experience in design, construction and operation of regasification plants as well as in the design of floating regasification and storage units (FSRU).

The vessel has been designed to meet the requirement of operators and ship-owners by 2030, the company said.

Designed for navigation, maneuverability and operation in adverse meteorological conditions, including Unrestricted Navigation notation, the vessel uses LNG as fuel, with type C tanks on deck.

Sener said that the ship to ship (STS) LNG bunkering vessel features IMO type C LNG cargo tanks while the storage enables enhanced operational flexibility while reducing the effect of the wave inside the tank, sloshing, thus allowing partial loads.

Additional features of the new vessel include articulated arms for the STS bunkering process, with improved automation and control, including measuring system to attain maximum accuracy in the measurement of the transference rate.

The Sener’s design LNG bunkering vessel also features boil off generated (BOG) management system to process the BOG generated in the transfer process.

Capable of storing 8000m3 of LNG in two tanks, the vessel has a draft of 5.7m and can cruise at a speed of 15 knots.

In 2015, Sener received a contract from Samsung IngenierĂ­a to develop ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) unit as part of modernization project of the Salamanca oil refinery in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Earlier, Sener carried out basic and extended basic engineering for the hydrodesulfurization units at Pemex’s Tula and Salamanca oil refineries.

Image: Illustration of LNG bunkering vessel. Photo; courtesy of SENER Group.