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DNV GL to class LNG fuelled ferry

LNG Industry,

The new Helgoland ferry, built by Fassmer for AG EMS, will be constructed under the supervision of the classification society DNV GL. The vessel, which is nearly 80 m in length, will be the first German newbuild to be equipped with a propulsion system designed to operate using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its primary fuel.

Using LNG as fuel allows the vessel to reduce emissions, bringing it into compliance with new environmental regulations. The system almost completely eliminates particulate matter and considerably reduces sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. Switching from conventional marine fuel also results in up to a 30% reduction of carbon dioxide, making the vessel better suited for environmentally sensitive coastal areas. The new ferry also meets the ‘Blue Angel’ standards for eco-friendly ship design.

Dual fuel engines

“At DNV GL we have promoted the use of LNG as a ship fuel for many years and it is very gratifying to see that there is a growing realisation of the potential of this technology to help the shipping industry demonstrate its commitment to acting as responsible steward of the environment,” said Henning Pewe, DNV GL LNG expert. “We have been working for some time on the development of these technologies, especially in the area of bunkering, to ensure that as more owners look to take advantage of these innovations they have the support they need to be confident in the safety of their investment.”

Both engines are dual fuel designs, however the ferry will operate primarily using LNG, while retaining the ability to switch to conventional fuels if necessary. The hull has been specially designed to enable a cruising speed of 20 knots, with a dynamic stabilization system in place to ensure passenger comfort.

The ferry is due for delivery in April 2015. It will have a passenger capacity of 1000, an onboard crane, and space for up to ten 10 ft reefer containers. The new ship will operate between the ports of Cuxhaven and Helgoland.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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