Gas-powered RoRo ferry for hand-over in 2016
Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) signed a contract with the Australian shipping company SeaRoad for a 181 metres long RoRo ferry ship new building.
For FSG Managing Director Peter Sierk this is very much more than just another contract. On the one hand, our shipyard is to deliver a ship to Australia for the first time ever. On the other hand , this new building demonstrates yet again the high-level competence of our yard and our innovative capabilities, he says. We are very proud that SeaRoad has chosen us and that our ideas have prevailed over those of international competitors. We look forward to continuing the good and intensive co-operation we already enjoy with SeaRoad and which has been characterised over the the time by great trust, professionalism and by our mutual focus on finding innovative solutions, Sierk adds.
The worlds first RoRo ferry of this size with liquefied natural gas propulsion is designed to provide future regular liner service between Melbourne on the Australian mainland and Devonport on the island of Tasmania. This RoRo ferry will be able to transport reefer containers and hazardous cargo side by side. This will be made possible by a special concept developed by FSG. Commented Peter Sierk: This liner shipping service will be of existential importance in supplying Tasmania with its basic essentials. That is why SeaRoad decided to commission a shipyard which can deliver quality, high-value vessels which guarantee trouble-free, reliable liner shipping
Liquefied natural gas propulsion makes the new ferry a green ship. LNG operation is currently the cleanest fuel combustion process in existence, says Sierk. The emission of sulphur oxides (SO2) and dust is almost nil while that of nitrous oxides (Nox) is also reduced by nearly 100% and that of carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 20%, he adds. The liquefied natural gas is taken on board the ship in mobile tanks during regular ship loading and unloading. Once on board, the tanks are secured and become fixed ship fuel tanks without the need for any transshipment thanks to a special locking system also developed by FSG.
The newbuilding will be 181 metres long, 26.6 metres wide and have more than 1960 lane metres available. Her speed will be 20.5 knots.
It is planned to start construction at FSG on Flensburgs Batteriestrasse in September 2015 and to deliver the ship in the third quarter of 2016.
Source and Image Credit: FSG