‘De Argonon’ progressively green
Deen Shipping has commissioned construction of the innovative ship ‘The Argonon’, in close collaboration with several subcontractors. The most special thing about the Argonon is that the ship will be sailing on dual fuel: a mixture of 80% LNG (liquefied natural gas) and 20% diesel. This results in a significantly lower emission of CO2 and NOx and reduces the emission of particulates to as little as zero! The Argonon is the first barge in Europe that sails on dual fuel.
The mixture is not just much more environmentally friendly- it’s also cheaper than diesel, which over time can lead to significant savings.
Since 2000, the CCR is tightening the rules in phases regarding the emission restriction of barges. By refining the current diesel engines, it’s possible to comply with this. When CRR4, the last phase is to take effect in 2016, this will no longer suffice. From that moment on, all new engines will have to comply with very strict emission rules. A particulate filter and catalytic converter, such as with cars and trucks, is no solution for inland navigation, since this would mean that the particulate filter and catalytic converter would have to be as big and as expensive at the engine itself.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is cited in various studies as the fuel of the near future. The world reserves of natural gas are significantly larger than the oil reserves.
Dual Fuel Technology
The demo ship Argonon is equipped with a caterpillar engine, adjusted to dual fuel. The required LNG is stored in a large cryogenic tank on deck, to prevent the ice cold liquefied natural gas from heating up and vaporizing.
The Argonon will sail on dual fuel, a mixture of 80% LNG (liquefied natural gas) and 20% diesel. This results in a significantly lower emission of CO2 and NOx and reduces the emission of particulates to zero!
" The MTS Argonon,
our green ship.”