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Bureau Veritas wins two gas fuel contracts

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Seaspan Ferries has chosen Bureau Veritas (BV) to class two hybrid LNG/diesel/battery-powered ro-ro cargo ferries, which will be built at the Sedef yard in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Transport Desgagnes has also chosen BV class for two 14 000 DWT gas-fuelled asphalt/product tankers to be built in Besiktas.

Seaspan ferries

The 148.9 m Seaspan ferries will operate on Canada’s west coast, carrying up to 59 trailers at speeds of up to 16 knots propelled by azimuthing drives. Twin dual-fuel W9L 34DF generators will be able to burn LNG from one single 200 m3 Type C tank below the main deck and there will be a hybrid battery pack power supply for generating zero emissions energy at quay or during manoeuvring and for any low-load operation. The ferries are due for delivery in 2016.

Transport Desgagnes tankers

The Transport Desgagnes tankers will have 2 x 300 m3 Type C LNG tanks on the deck, powering the dual-fuel ME 5RT Flex 50 DF main engine and 2 x 6L20DF engines, one 8L20DF auxiliary engine, and 2 x 3000 kW boilers.

LNG experience

Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Marine and Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, said that BV has “Extensive experience of handling LNG and using LNG as a fuel with our gas carrier fleet. Our ability to deploy that expertise for the benefit of shipyards and owners who are both breaking new ground was crucial to these owners entrusting BV with the classification of these vessels.”

Donche-Gay added: “Now that IMO has updated and adopted the IGF Code, the regulatory worries which were holding back owners have been removed and there are a host of new gas fuel projects about to start as owners take advantage of this clean and economical fuel. BV’s expertise in risk assessment complements its experience with gas carriers, which is why we are the class of choice for innovative gas fuel projects. We are currently engaged in gas fuel conversion or newbuilding projects involving chemical tankers, small-scale LNG tankers, LNG bunker tankers, cargo and passenger ferries, product tankers and tugs, and we expect to announce more in the near future.”

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