smartPORT, Dutch Royal Couple
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Dutch Royal Couple visits the Port of Hamburg

In March the Port of Hamburg welcomed two very special guests: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima who stopped in the Hanseatic City for a two-day visit. On the Royal Dutch couple’s agenda were talks and visits linked to the maritime and renewable energy industry. Apart from attending a specialist conference about LNG at Hamburg’s Fischauktionshalle and signing the Golden Book of the City of Hamburg, the royals also visited an LNG Hybrid Barge named the Hummel developed by Becker Marine Systems.

The 76.7m-long and 12.4m-wide LNG Hybrid Barge is stationed at the cruise terminal in HafenCity and has been supplying low-emission power to the cruise ships docking there since the beginning of this year. The use of eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power the generators of the barge to produce clean electricity will significantly improve the air quality in the port city as ships can turn off their engines while berthing in the port. There will be no emissions of sulphur oxides and soot particles, and nitrogen oxide and carbon emissions will be considerably reduced. Becker Marine Systems thus substantially contributes towards the smartPORT Hamburg.

The management of Becker Marine Systems was delighted about the visit of the Dutch royal couple: “It was an honour to welcome them as we also co-operate with Dutch partners in connection with the LNG Hybrid Barge,” said Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann. “We may one day operate an LNG hybrid barge in the Port of Rotterdam, too.”

A 20-strong business delegation headed by Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation, accompanied the royal couple on their tour of northern Germany. The visit is aimed at boosting business and trade links between German and Dutch firms. Becker Marine Systems imports the LNG to power its barge via the Gate LNG Terminal in Rotterdam among others.