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The barge had been eagerly awaited at the Port of Hamburg. On 5th September 2014, the technical launching was celebrated in Komárno, Slovakia. Starting off from her place of construction, on 12th September 2014 the LNG Hybrid Barge made the 1,500 km journey up the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers and arrived in Hamburg on 4th October. Technical testing and commissioning will be taking place at Blohm+Voss shipyard. During the naming ceremony on 18th October the LNG Hybrid Barge was christened the HUMMEL.

Technical details of the HUMMEL:
The LNG Hybrid Barge HUMMEL has a length of 76.7 m, a breadth of 11.4 m and draught of approx. 1.7 m. Delivered only two years after the start of the project, the LNG Hybrid Barge is equipped with five generators with an overall output of 7.5 MW (50/60 Hz). These generators will be the first marine classified LNG Caterpillar engines to be delivered to customers. Thanks to Becker Marine Systems’ HUMMEL, Hamburg will be the first port in Europe to be providing an external, environmentally-friendly and low-emission power supply to cruise ships.