The first LNG carrier to hold Ice Class 1A classification was named this week in Finland.
The naming ceremony for the Coral EngergICE took place at the Port of Turku following delivery to its new owner Anthony Veder by Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany.
The 18,000 cbm LNG carrier is specially designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea, with a reinforced hull capable of breaking through one-meter thick first-year ice.
The vessel is operationally managed by Skangas in order to bring LNG to Skangas LNG terminal in Pori and the joint venture Manga LNG terminal Tornio in Finland.
Coral EnergICE is reported to be the first LNG carrier to receive Ice Class 1A Super notation, the highest ice class currently assigned under Finnish-Swedish ice class rules, as certified by classification society Bureau Veritas. The state-of-the-art vessel is also equipped with a dual fuel engine capable of using LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, making the vessel fully compliant with current and future emission regulations.
“Coral EnergICE is the third LNG carrier we have delivered to our long-term customer Skangas in the past five years,” said Anthony Veder CEO, Jan Valkier. “The high-tech vessel is capable of serving the northern Finnish harbor of Tornio all year around, even when temperatures reach as low as -25 Celsius degrees. To ensure that it’s a comfortable and friendly place for our crew to work, we engaged an ergonomic engineer to look closely at the accommodation design. I am extremely proud of the end-result.”
Neptun Werft Managing Director, Raimon Strunck commented: “Following the successful delivery of Coral Energy in 2012, we were delighted that Anthony Veder awarded us the construction of Coral EnergICE. The new vessel’s design is based on Coral Energy, enhanced with technological innovations and construction adaptations for extreme cold weather conditions, thereby giving her the 1A Super ice class classification.”
Main characteristics Coral EnergICE:
Length overall: 164 meters
LNG capacity: 18,000 m³
Service speed: 15.5 knots
Ice Class 1A Super, with cold notation