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Fassmer to build LNG ferry

LNG Industry,

Fassmer of Germany has won a contract to design and manufacture the new dual-fuelled Helgoland ferry for the shipping company Cassen Eils. The ferry will be the first new building under the German flag equipped with environmentally friendly LNG technology.

A construction contract was signed on 15th October 2013 for the new Helgoland ferry, preceded by several months of negotiations in which the requirements were set for a new generation of ocean-faring vessel.

The nearly 80 m long vessel builds on proven features of Helgoland ships operated by Cassen Eils GmbH. A specially designed hull enables a cruising speed of up to 20 knots.

The new ship will be equipped with the latest technology based on a dual fuel propulsion system, which will meet all environmental aspects by avoiding or reducing emissions. The dual fuel system will use LNG as a primary fuel, but with the ability to switch to conventional marine diesel if required.

The passenger area of the Helgoland ship will be equipped with modern and high quality facilities including an open atrium with a glass lift accessing several decks, extensive catering at an exclusive restaurant, a spacious sun deck and a sky bar.

The new LNG vessel will be completed by 30th April 2015 and will represent an investment of approximately €30 million.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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