Transport moves from road to sea with 'Cargo Ferry'

20 Apr 2015
'M/S Kvitbjørn' is fuelled by LNG and can carry as much cargo as 200 trucks

'M/S Kvitbjørn' is fuelled by LNG and can carry as much cargo as 200 trucks

A new eco-friendly maritime transport concept, the 'Cargo Ferry project', has been unveiled by DNV GL and presented through Nor Line's new LNG-fuelled ship, 'M/S Kvitbjørn'.

The result of more than two years of work, the concept has been developed as an alternative transport solution for containers that are carried for more than 200km on land. The report presents a logistics solution, concept ship and market analysis, while also documenting the Cargo Ferry's potential profitability.

The Cargo Ferry concept offers transport to and from destinations that are linked together by efficient maritime transport on four main routes, including distribution to and from ports. The main market for the concept is goods that are currently transported on trucks for long distances to and from coastal Norwegian towns. After carrying out customer analyses and interviews, the project identified this market as covering some 17-20 million tonnes of goods each year.

"The analyses show there is a significant potential market for a maritime-based logistics solution," said Remi Eriksen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, DNV GL.

Built around a concept for a new "lift on/lift off" (LoLo) vessel, Cargo Ferry has its own cranes and cell guides. The vessel can carry 110-140 40ft/45ft containers and has a service speed of 12-15 knots, is LNG-fuelled, has a battery for hybrid operation and can use shore power. As a result the vessel has an extremely low emission profile. It also operates without assistance from shore through the use of an automated mooring system.

A group of 27 companies with interests and expertise in short sea shipping, led by DNV GL, Shortsea Services and Marintek, co-operated to develop the report. 

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