France’s Brittany Ferries has ordered a huge 210-m long, 52,000 gt, almost 2,500 passenger capacity, dual-fuel cruise ferry that they claim will be the first in UK waters to use natural gas to power its engines. At the same time they claim it will be first in the world to employ technology that allows the fuel to be carried on board at close to atmospheric pressure.
Dual-fuel cruise ferry PEGASIS: Rendering courtesy of STX France
STX France explains that the ship bears the self-explanatory code name PEGASIS (Power Efficient Gas Innovative Ship) and is one of 34 projects engaged in the ‘New Industrial France’ programme. According to Brittany Ferries four dual-fuel engines (natural gas and marine diesel oil) will be installed (they do not choose to name the engine builders at this stage) with a total installed power of 45 MW and LNG bunker capacity of 1,300 cu.m.Clearly, much forward bunker safety and logistical planning was needed, and Brittany Ferries say that t... [More]
The pressure to find alternative fuels and hence consequently also alternative drives, driven by both emissions legislation and resulting commercial pressures that threatens to drive up the cost of all kinds of fuels, is as well impacting on the ship design market. Another new electric passenger vessel, the "Ar Vag Tredan" ordered by Lorient City Council (Brittany, France) is most definitely a technological breakthrough for the design and construction of “zero emission” ships. This 22 meter vessel is aimed at passenger transportation in the intracostals waterways around Lorient, from the city centre to the entrance of the roadstead, two and a half nautical miles away. This ship represent a significant improvement compared to existing fully electric ships operated on short and distances in harbour areas or inland waterways. Based on supercapacitor technology developed and patented by STX Europe, the naval architecture and ship design of the new ferry have been developed by t... [More]