Dutch ferry company Rederij Doeksen and LNG supplier Titan LNG have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG as a shipping fuel to newbuild ferries that will only use LNG for propulsion.
Both ferries, Willem de Vlamingh and Willem Barentsz, will operate on the route to the Dutch islands of Vlieland and Terschelling and will be bunkered at the Rederij Doeksen location in Harlingen by trucks on a weekly basis. It is expected that the first crossings with the vessels will take place later this year.
The next fifth International Conference on Small Scale LNG – 15/16 May, Naples – will be the place where maritime LNG market will be discussed.
“After an intensive period of preparations to get the two new ferries into service, we have found in Titan LNG the best partner to supply LNG for our vessels”
Richard de Vries, Head of Operations at Rederij Doeksen, commented.
The two LNG catamarans (70 metres, 6$4 cars and 600 passengers) that were built at the Vietnamese shipyard of the Australian company Strategic Marine, on Friday 8 March, departed from Vietnam and are currently on their way to Harlingen (the sea voyage to the Netherlands is expected to take around eight weeks) for final outfitting and commissioning.
Their LNG engines are based on diesel models, with a symmetrical propulsion system arrangement within the two hulls of each catamaran of two MTU 16-cylinder V 4,000 engines fed by two LNG tanks, with gas gensets units developed and manufactured by Scania.
Source: World Maritime News