DNV GL class for Helgoland ferry

The new ferry will be the first German flagged newbuild to be equipped to operate primarily on LNG The new ferry will be the first German flagged newbuild to be equipped to operate primarily on LNG

The new Fassmer built Helgoland ferry for AG EMS, will be constructed under the supervision of classification society DNV GL.

DNV GL says that the 80m long vessel will be the first German flagged newbuilding to be equipped with a propulsion system designed to operate primarily with liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel.

Henning Pewe, DNV GL LNG expert, said: “At DNV GL we have promoted the use of LNG as a ship fuel for many years and it is very gratifying to see that there is a growing realisation of the potential of this technology to help the shipping industry demonstrate its commitment to acting as responsible steward of the environment.”

He pointed out that DNV GL has been working for some time on the development of LNG technologies, especially in the area of bunkering, to ensure that owners have the support they need to be confident in the safety of their investment.

The use of LNG virtually eliminates particulate matter and significantly cuts sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. Making the switch from conventional fuel also results in up to a 30% reduction of carbon dioxide, making the vessel especially suited to environmentally sensitive coastal areas. The new ship also meets the “Blue Angel” standards for Eco-friendly ship design.

Both the primary and auxiliary engines are dual fuel designs, but the vessel will operate primarily on LNG, while retaining the ability to switch to conventional fuels if so required.

Delivery is scheduled for April 2015.

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