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Clean And Efficient LNG Shore Power

Caterpillar marine engines to power LNG-Hybrid power barge

Posted on April 4, 2014

The first shipment of Cat 3500 series marine gas engines from Caterpillar Marine’s Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A., manufacturing facility has been completed.

Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected by Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, to power the world’s first LNG-powered barge in the Port of Hamburg, Germany. The LNG-Hybrid barge will provide clean and efficient shore power to cold ironing cruise ships and serve as a backup power provider for the local Hamburg electric power and heat grid, the company said.

The G3516 is a spark-ignited, gas engine specially designed to operate in commercial vessel applications. The solution is compliant with the strict Marine Classification Societies requirements, SOLAS and is certified by Bureau Veritas. The gas-fueled units will be capable of providing up to 7.75 MW of electric power. Cat dealer Zeppelin Power Systems led sales efforts on the project and will continue to support packaging and installation of the Cat power solutions, the company said.