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Parker Bestobell Marine wins Scottish ferries contract

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Parker Bestobell Marine, part of Parker Hannifin, has received a contract to supply cryogenic globe and check valves for two Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries (Calmac) being built at Ferguson Marine Engineering in Glasgow, UK.

These valves will be installed in the LNG fuel gas systems of these vessels. The new dual-fuel ferries will be able to operate on both LNG and marine diesel.

The first of the new Calmac ferries is expected to be delivered in early 2018, with the second vessel following a few months later. The ships are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) or a combination of and up to 1000 passengers.

Duncan Gaskin, Market Development Manager at Parker Bestobell Marine, said: “We are delighted to be supplying a UK-based shipyard with our cryogenic valves. LNG is being much more widely adopted as an alternative fuel, due to tightening emissions legislation, which is driving the market towards more environmentally-friendly fuels. Our cryogenic valves are being widely specified for LNG fuel systems across the world, due to our expertise in this area.”

The new ferries are planned to operate on the Ardrossan-Brodick and the Uig Triangle routes in Scotland, although the final decision on vessel deployment is still to be made.

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