|Denmark's first LNG-fuelled ferry to be launched in 2014|
|Vessel is scheduled to set off on its first journey between Samsø and the Danish mainland in October 2014.
|Updated on 27 Jun 2013 13:31 GMT
|Contracts to building the first LNG-fuelled ferry for domestic Danish trade have now been signed. It represents a significant milestone as the ship will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed for domestic trade in the EU.
October 1, 2014, is the date set for the ferry’s first journey between the island of Samsø and Jutland on the Danish mainland. The new ferry can carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.
Danish firm OSK-ShipTech A/S designed the new ferry and has also conducted the EU tender process on behalf of Samsø Municipality. Remontowa Yard in Gdansk, Poland has been chosen to build the vessel, which will be classed by Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
The owner of the new ferry will be Samsø Municipality, which is responsible for the route crossing the Kattegat. In 1997, Samsø was selected to become Denmark’s first renewable energy island. Focusing on renewable energy and environmentally friendly solutions, Samsø achieved that goal in 2003 and is today a net exporter of green power.
"The new LNG-fuelled ferry owned and operated by the municipality will fit into the island’s environmental profile," said Samsø’s Mayor Jørn C. Nissen. "We have a continuous focus on environmental improvements. So far, we’ve wiped out our carbon footprint by using a combination of wind and solar power and biofuel."
He continued: "Replacing heavy fuel oil with liquefied natural gas will remove all sulphur from the new ferry’s exhaust gas, reducing nitrogen emissions by some 85% and also reducing the CO2 emissions significantly."
DNV was the first class society to develop rules for LNG-fuelled ships back in the year 2000. Less than a year later, the first ferry started to operate on a Norwegian fjord. Today, 38 LNG-fuelled ships are currently in operation and DNV classes 36 of them. The large majority operate in Norwegian waters or close to Norway's coast.
The Samsø ferry, which will be Danish-flagged, is one of some 30 LNG-fuelled newbuilds ordered for delivery within the next two years. Two more Danish-flagged vessels are among these 30 newbuilds and Fjordline, their owner, will soon be operating these two large ferries between Denmark and Norway.
“It has been a privilege to work with all those involved,” said Claus Winter Graugaard, DNV’s business development leader in Denmark. "Being a front runner is always a challenge, but the owner, Danish flag administration, designer and yard have all worked together with class to arrive at the best solutions. I’m convinced the end result - the new ferry – will serve its purpose and fit well into Samsø’s green environment."