Kairos, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel

With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel. The ice class vessel features the ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapour return gas from customer vessels.

Kairos is charted by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg-based LNG supplier Nauticor with a 90% share and the Lithunian energy infrastructure provider KN with a 10% share.

First bunker operations

Kairos conducted its first bunker operations in April. The first bunker operation took place on April 15th, when the product tanker Fure Valö received LNG from Kairos at the anchorage area of Sandhamm, near the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Also, Wes Amelie, the world’s first containership retrofitted with an LNG engine received LNG in a ship-to-ship operation from Kairos. This operation took place in the anchorage area in front of Visby, Sweden, on April 21st.

Wes Amelie receiving LNG from Kairos
Image courtesy of Nauticor
Wes Amelie receiving LNG from Kairos Image courtesy of Nauticor

Units on deck

It is uncommon for LNG bunker supply vessels to be outfitted with Quick Release Mooring Hooks (QRMH) on deck; Kairos is first in its kind to have these on deck. Ship-to-ship mooring with smaller vessels can suffice with bollards, but due to the size of the Kairos a safer and easier solution was needed: Quick Release Mooring Units.

Mampaey Offshore Industries supplied two double Quick Release Mooring Hooks with an SWL of 60 tons with an Electrical Remote Control System and Mooring Load Monitoring System. When bunkering the depth of the vessel in the water changes significantly, varying the forces on the mooring lines. The Mooring Load Monitoring System displays the information in real time, making it possible to take immediate action in possible slack or overload situations.

Unit on deck
Unit on deck

Custom solutions

Mampaey Offshore Industries specializes in custom solutions for your mooring and berthing equipment. Interested what kind of custom solution we can offer you? Contact us.

May 15, 2019

Unit on deck
Unit on deck
Berthing & Mooring