Over the next four years, Concordia Damen will build forty inland LNG tankers for Shell. The ships will be equipped with Veth Propulsion’s type VSG-1200L steering grids and electric motors of 425 kW.
The first bow thrusters are scheduled for delivery in February 2021, and will ship monthly from the Veth Propulsion workshop for the duration of the project. The first complete vessel is scheduled for delivery in November 2021.
The Parsifal tanker is a new design created by Concordia Damen. The vessels measure 110 x 11.5 metres and will have LNG propulsion. Its extreme shallow draught capabilities – 2800 tonnes on 3.25 metre draught – is to maximise cargo carrying capacity on Dutch, Belgian and German canal and river networks. The Parsifal tankers will transport mineral oils between Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Rhine network.
The Parsifal tankers were ordered by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Once delivered, they will be chartered by Shell and operated by the VT Group/Marlow.