'First’ LNG short-sea dry cargo vessel

The new LNG vessels will be of Ice Class 1A and suitable for year-round Baltic operation The new LNG vessels will be of Ice Class 1A and suitable for year-round Baltic operation

Dutch shipyard Ferus Smit is to build the ‘first’ two LNG-powered short-sea dry cargo vessels for Swedish shipping company, Erik Thun AB.

Each new build will be a 5,800 DWT bulk orientated general cargo vessel, with the option to convert them into self-unloaders.

They will be of Ice Class 1A, suitable for year-round Baltic service and will be equipped with a Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engine and a pressurised LNG tank enabling round trips of around two weeks.

Ferus Smit says it’s a “great challenge” to build the first LNG-powered short-sea dry cargo vessels to date and will work with Erik Thun to find viable solutions for daily use.

Erik Thun already has a strong presence in Northern Europe and the Baltic area but says it hopes to further its position with a ‘green’ fleet for the SECA rules coming into force in 2015 for the Baltic region.  

The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in autumn 2015. The contract also has an option for two more builds.

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