Turkey-based Tersan Shipyard is building two new LNG-fueled cruise vessels for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten, expected to operate the historic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, along the western coastline of Norway, stopping at 34 ports along the route.
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South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has received an approval in principle for a VLCC ‘eco-tanker’ design, capable of using a combination of volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixed with LNG as fuel and Norsepower’s rotor sail solution for wind-assisted propulsion.
Canadian transport company Seaspan Ferries announced it will be adding two new LNG – battery hybrid ferries to its fleet. With construction scheduled to begin in 2019, the vessels are expected to go into operation in 2021.
Norsepower Oy Ltd. announced that independent test results showed that Norsepower’s Rotor Sail technology has the potential to deliver savings on the Viking Line-owned and operated M/S Viking Grace. Long term LNG marine fuel savings is expected to be up to about 300 tonnes on annual basis.
Hapag-Lloyd ordered the world’s first mega-container vessel, MV SAJIR, retrofit to LNG from MAN Energy Solutions. The pilot project will include the conversion of the current HFO-burning engine to a dual-fuel prime mover capable of running on HFO and LNG. The retrofit of MV SAJIR will be done at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard.
The first LNG-fueled survey vessel ‘ATAIR’ was floated in Kiel after being built for 16 months. The vessel was built for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The survey vessel will be used for wreck search and underwater surveying. The new built is expected to be delivered to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in spring 2020.
Costa Smeralda’s construction is continuing at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. The cruise ship belongs to Costa Cruise’s fleet and it’s the the first cruise ship for the world market, specifically in Europe, to be fuelled, both in port and while at sea, by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
A new ferry that will combine energy efficiency, flexibility and optimised space availability, will soon start operation between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland. The ferry will have been constructed by 2021 and will run mainly on LNG. The ship will also be able to burn biogas, while it will incorporate battery power to reduce its emissions while on port.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced that one of its two newest LNG-fueled ferries, ‘Hypatia of Alejandría’, has recently received its first supply of LNG in the Port of Venice. When it starts operations in the beginning of 2019, the ship will be the first LNG-fueled ferry to operate in the Mediterranean.
Brittany Ferries’ new LNG-fueled cruise ferry ‘Honfleur’ was launched to the water for the first time at a traditional ceremony at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. The vessel is expected to act as an environmental pioneer on the English Channel, as it will be the first ship on the Channel to be powered by LNG, when it enters service in summer 2019.
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