On Saturday 19st of March at 11.00 hrs on the M.V. ‘Ireland’ Nb. 435 was launched at the Ferus Smit Westerbroek Yard.

M.V. Ireland is the second (in a series of 2) dedicated cement carrier build for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway. The vessel is equipped with an LNG fueled propulsion system. This unique design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the fore ship. While sailing on LNG, the vessel will meet the most stringent emission criteria, as well as new norms that might be in place in futures for environmentally sensitive areas.

The message from the Ferus Smit site:

On Saturday the 19th of March our Nb. 435, the LNG powered cement tanker ‘Ireland’ was christened and launched.
M.V. Ireland is a dedicated cement carrier built for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement (KGJ) from Norway.
The vessel is one of the first dry cargo vessels ever with an LNG fueled propulsion system, in which a pressurized LNG tank is incorporated inside the hull.
Using LNG as maritime fuel is by far the most environmental-friendly solution available today. While sailing on LNG, the vessel will meet the most stringent emission criteria, as well as new norms that might be in place in the future.
The ship is equipped with a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on the principle of fluidization of cement with compressed air. This system enables the cement to be pumped through a completely closed, thus dust free, piping system to shore facilities.

The cement cargo system will consist of a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on fluidization of cement by means of compressed air.