After a construction period of almost nine months, the MS Helgoland LNG ferry has left the building dock of the Fassmer shipyard.
Built for shipping company Reederei Cassen Elis, the vessel was placed on the water on 12 May. Further work on the upper deck and interior will now take place, followed by trials of the main components of the LNG drive system, both in port and at sea.
German shipyard Fassmer designed and built the MS Helgoland, which will be the country’s first passenger ferry with a dual-fuel propulsion system. The pilot project is in demand worldwide, with requests “from Australia and Japan to the US”, according to Captain Ewald Bebber.
The new vessel was commissioned for approximately €31 million. It will measure 83 m long, 12.6 m wide and has a draft of 3.6 m. The LNG drive has a capacity of 5000 kW and a maximum speed of 20 knots.
Fassmer received a grant from the European Union (EU) worth €4.175 million for the design and build of the innovative LNG drive system.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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