New LNG bunkering for Fjord Line
Fjord Line will soon be able to bunker its LNG ferries with passengers on board. Photo: Fjord Line
Fjord Line is to bunker its new LNG ferries while passengers are on board, once permission is granted by Norwegian authorities.
The Ministry of Justice and Public Securities and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) has made an amendment to the law that means bunkering of LNG can take place while passengers are on board.
Ingvald Fardal, CEO, Fjord Line, told The Motorship: "DSB has to formally approve on a case to case basis before an operator can start LNG bunkering while passengers are on board.”
“Skangass AS and Fjord Line AS has formally applied for the permission to bunker LNG at Risavika, however DSB has not per date finalised their risk evaluation. Thus Skangass and Fjord Line does not, as of date, have formal approval from DSB to start bunkering of LNG while passengers on board,” he added.
If formal approval is granted, Fjord Line would no longer have to send a LNG trucks to Hirtshals to carry out the bunkering in Denmark.
Fjord Line told MS it expects to have a formal approval in place from DSB by February 2014.