DNV bags first Danish LNG ferry
Det Norske Veritas says that it will be classing the first LNG-fuelled ferry for domestic Danish trade.
The society says that this is a major milestone as the ship will be the first LNG-fuelled ferry designed for domestic trade not just in Denmark but in the whole of the EU.
The ship is scheduled to enter service on October 2014 between the island of Samsø and the Danish mainland. It has been designed by OSK-ShipTech of Denmark, and will carry a 600 passengers and 160 cars. The ship, owned by Samsø Municipality, is to be built at Remontowa in Gdansk, Poland. In 1997, Samsø became Denmark’s first renewable energy island. The island achieved that goal in 2003 and is today a net exporter of green power.
“The new LNG-fuelled ferry owned and operated by the municipality will fit into the island’s environmental profile,” says Samsø’s Mayor Jørn C. Nissen. “We have a continuous focus on environmental improvements. So far, we’ve wiped out our carbon footprint by using a combination of wind and solar power and biofuel.”
DNV says it was the first class society to develop rules for LNG-fuelled ships, in 2000. Currently, 38 LNG-fuelled ships are in operation, mostly around Norway, and 36 of these are classed by DNV.
“It has been a privilege to work with all those involved,” says Claus Winter Graugaard, DNV’s business development leader in Denmark. “Being a front runner is always a challenge, but the owner, Danish flag administration, designer and yard have all worked together with class to arrive at the best solutions. I’m convinced the end result - the new ferry – will serve its purpose and fit well into Samsø’s green environment.”
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