Bomin Linde LNG has announced that it has completed the initial fuelling of the MS Ostfriesland passenger ferry with LNG.
The 94 m long Borkum ferry, owned by AG EMS, was fuelled with 40 m3 of LNG.
Dr. Bernard Brons, AG EMS Managing Director, said: "We are very happy about this successful test run, which was carried out safely and quickly under the supervision of Bomin Linde LNG […] This was possible because the interactions between our partners worked well and Bomin Linde LNG comprehensively prepared and planned the entire fuelling process in advance and obtained all required permits. This first activity will bring us closer to our plan of starting scheduled LNG operations of the MS Ostfriesland in June."
Gunter Eiermann, Technical Director of Bomin Linde LNG, said: "We look forward to start supplying the ferry with LNG on a regular basis soon. Safe, smooth and fast refuelling will be ensured by the use of innovative technology."
The ferry was retrofitted to run on LNG by Brennund Verformtechnik Bremen (BVT). It will now need to perform several dry runs and marine tests, before initiating its daily service between Emden and the North Sea island of Borkum by the middle of this year.
Robert Howe, Managing Director of bremenports, the operator of the port of Bremerhaven, added: "Together, Bomin Linde LNG and the shipowner AG EMS have taken a significant step towards the use of liquefied natural gas as a clean and low-cost fuel […] This is good news for the German shipping industry."
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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