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Y-piece: LNG bunkering in half the time

Advantages: 

  • Bunkering directly from two trailers
  • Interchangeable trailers during bunkering
  • Universal solution that enables different trailer designs
  • Fully movable bunkering solution due to the compact and lightweight design
  • Y-shaped for optimised flow
  • High safety level
  • Can be expanded to fit four tank trailers

In May 2018, KC LNG released a new solution: the Y-piece. At first glance, it appears simple - an adapter that splits a ship's fuel connection in two, allowing two tank trailers to connect to it instead of just one. But designing the solution was not so simple: it required careful engineering and testing to make sure everything lived up to MAKEEN Energy's and KC LNG's high standards and the expectations of the customer, the Dutch-based NIJMAN/ZEETANK International Logistic Group. And as you can see by the statement below, their expectations were more than met:

"KC LNG's Y-piece has been a game changer for us. It has drastically increased the efficiency of our LNG bunkering process, and it was very easy to install and use. We have already performed several bunkering operations and are quickly accustomed to working easily and safely with the new equipment. The professional assistance from KC LNG has only made the experience better."
NIJMAN/ZEETANK International Logistic Group 

So why are they so happy? Let us go through the many advantages that the KC LNG Y-piece offers.

Multiply your capacity to suit your need

By using the Y-piece to connect two tank trailers, you achieve double the bunkering capacity of normal truck-to-ship bunkering. This means that the operation can finish in half the usual time, sending the ship sailing much sooner than before - which results in higher profits for the ship-owner and an easier time for the harbour crew.

One of KC LNG's four ground principles is scalability - their solutions have to be able to scale with the customer's demand. The Y-piece delivers on this principle as well: by adding a second Y-piece, the potential amount of tank trailers increases to four, bringing the bunkering time down to 25%.

Practical and flexible

The Y-piece is designed with flexibility and convenience in mind, which is why it fits any type of tank trailer and is easy to connect and operate. Once the bunkering process has started, the Y-piece's shut-off valves and purging system allow for the exchange of tank trailers without interrupting the bunkering - so LNG will always be flowing until the ship's tank is full. 

As an added convenience, the Y-piece's compact design and low weight make it highly movable. Two crewmembers can lift it by hand, and it can be transported on a standard trailer without the need for special machinery.

A tool for a better future

One of KC LNG's goals is to make LNG a more widely adapted fuel, as it offers significant advantages over other fossil fuels, such as coal, oil or diesel, when it comes to limiting harmful emissions to the atmosphere. The Y-piece is, therefore, designed to make it easier for as many shipping, bunkering and transport companies as possible to embrace this future-oriented energy source.