This summer, Concordia Damen launched 40 Parsifal tankers containing air power solutions from Sperre Air Power. The Parsifal tankers, with their shallow drafts, are modular and powered 100% by LNG.
Shallow draft vessels
The Parsifal tankers will carry mineral oil between Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Rhine network, hence the shallow draft capabilities. – They have very shallow drafts in order to sail on shallow waters. The Parsifal tankers also have a low air draft to be able to sail on rivers with low bridges, Henk Verstraeten, project manager in Concordia Damen explains.
A vessel, or a Lego construction?
What’s unique with the Parsifal tankers is that they are built modular. – The modular build up is almost like Lego, Henk Verstraeten from Concordia Damen explains. This makes it possible to change equipment in the future and turn the vessel into a hydrogen system in the future, when required.
– We have been interested in this project since day one since it fits our vision to contribute to the future proofing of the maritime industry. With its strong position in the European market, the Dutch shipbuilding industry is leading when it comes to developing projects with the environment front of mind, says Area Sales Manager, Roger van den Herik, from Sperre’s Rotterdam office.
Plug and play with Sperre
– Sperre gives us the possibility to have the compressors’ skids custom made just the way we like it, with a plug and play scenario in mind. This saves the shipyard countless hours of building and outfitting, Project Manager Henk Verstraeten at Concordia Damen tells us.
In the Parsifal project, Sperre Air Power delivers everything from starting air to working air for the systems on board of the vessels. This includes working air for the LNG Fuel treatment system, LNG Bunker system, SSL (Ship to Shore Link) protection, Cargo system and so forth.
Flexibility and fast response was crucial
– We knew that flexibility and fast response was crucial in this project. It shows the importance of delivering what you promised in the beginning of the project and is contributing to upholding Sperre’s status as a business partner more than a mere supplier, says Roger van den Herik.
– Sperre has been acting as a trustful partner, kept their promises and met the expectation of delivery schedule, which meets the shipyard building sequence, Henk Verstraeten says.