DNV explores US gas-fuelled ferry technology

06 Feb 2013
Kenneth Vareide: “we can now see a tipping point in global interest in LNG fuelled ships”

Kenneth Vareide: “we can now see a tipping point in global interest in LNG fuelled ships”

DNV and Washington State Ferries have partnered to ensure that the safety, security and operational challenges of using LNG as ship fuel are handled in a responsible manner.

DNV says that it has taken a leading role in making LNG fuel safe and viable, with 35 out of 37 LNG-fuelled vessels, including the first which began service in 2000, having been built to DNV standards. Of these, 16 are car/passenger ferries. The Norwegian class society believes that LNG technology can make a big difference quickly, particularly in the case of short-sea shipping, when it comes to reducing harmful emissions.

“As the biggest ferry operator in the US, and the third biggest in the world, WSF can really lead the way for its industry. In DNV, we can now clearly see a tipping point when it comes to global interest in LNG fuelled ships. Knowing that LNG as a fuel helps reduce emissions and costs, our team of researchers, engineers, and business analysts are looking forward to assist WSF and other companies with managing risks related to their LNG operations,” says Kenneth Vareide , DNV director of maritime operations in North America.

“I am pleased to have DNV aboard to assist Washington State Ferries in this important look at liquefied natural gas a possible fuel for the fleet, and look forward to these next steps that WSF will take with DNV,” said Washington State Department of Transportation assistant secretary David Moseley.

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