MAN Cryo, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s marine LNG fuel gas system manufacturer, has struck a contract with Vard Shipyard Group in Norway to deliver a fuel-gas supply system (FGSS) to two ferries for Torghatten Nord.
Each ferry will be equipped with a gas-electric, hybrid-propulsion system featuring optional fast-charging from shore. The ferries are designed by Multi-Maritime.
Mikael Adler, managing director of MAN Cryo, said: “We are very happy to have been chosen as supplier for the fuel-gas system for these vessels. We see a clear trend in the market with an increasing number of inquiries for fuel-gas systems. This clearly points towards LNG’s positive growth as a choice of fuel.”
Thor Inge Skov, purchase manager at Vard Group AS in Brevik, said: “We are committed to delivering two excellently performing ferries to Torghatten Nord, and this is a very important reason why we have chosen MAN Cryo as fuel-gas supplier.”
The LNG supply system consists of a 175m3 vacuum-insulated storage tank, with auxiliary equipment including an LNG vaporiser, a pressure build-up unit and a bunker station.
The MAN Cryo system will supply gas to the engines powering each ferry and is scheduled for delivery in Q1, 2018. The equipment will be installed aboard two double-ended ropax ferries that will operate between Halhjem and Sandvikvåg, south of Bergen in southeast Norway. The 134m long and 21m wide ferries will have identical capacities of up to 180 cars and 550 passengers.