Deltamarin, a ship designer based in Gdansk, Poland, has developed a multipurpose inland vessel called DeltaBreaker that is powered by LNG to reduce emissions.
The DeltaBreaker design combines the features of tug, icebreaker and pusher with some added functionalities on top of that. The hull shape has low resistance and the ability to break ice up to two feet thick. The current design allows operations on waterways of international (CEMT) class IV; however, smaller versions of this design can also be developed.
One of the specific characteristics of the DeltaBreaker design is the implementation of the Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) system connection. It allows the pushing of compatible barges on inland and coastal waters. This opens up the possibility to further develop an efficient design for such barges that can be used for carrying bulk cargo, containers, oil/products, accommodation modules and as LNG transportation/bunkering facilities.
A special place for two 20 foot containers has been reserved on the aft deck. Additional functions like firefighting, oil-spill cleaning or environmental measurements may be easily incorporated into the design.