New Shipbuiling Contract for Cassens-Shipyard in Emden

German shipping company Norden-Frisia has ordered a new diesel-electric ferry which will be built at Cassens Werft in Emden. The delivery is expected in summer 2015. According to the shipping company the new build with a modified exhaust after treatment system from Kurre Abgastechnik and with a diesel particle filter. Norden-Frisia says that the power plant will reduce emissions by up to 90% and very fine particulates by up to 99%, “…with this we will have almost the same emission values like with a natural gas driven ferry”. Same like the FRISIA VIII, which was the first German island ferry awarded with the German environmentally quality certificate “Blue Angel Ship Design”, also the new build is planned to receive this award.The vessel will be of identical dimensions to Norden-Frisia’s FRISIA IV, which features 70.7 m. It is planned to have the double ender’s Voith Schneider propellers in combinatory operation, a development which the owners... [More]

New LNG-Diesel Fuel Ferry for Brittany Ferries’ UK-Spain Route

By George Backwell at January 17, 2014 23:52
Filed Under: Ferries, LNG fuel
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]

A Real Innovation in Cruise Ferries

Again: Norwegian shipping companies taking the lead in propulsion innovationMS Stavangerfjord is worldwide the first large cruise ferry powered exclusively by natural gas (using "single fuelled gas engines"). For this reason, this ship is the most environmentally friendly in their class with significant environmental benefits compared to ships powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are reduced by 92 percent. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, while particulate emissions are reduced by 98 percent. Last but not least, the technology the shipping company Fjord Line uses reduces emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2) by 23 percent. Stavangerfjord has been set in service in mid of July 2013 and runs, as expected, fully satisfactory for its owner.The used “green motor technology from Rolls Royce” is well-proven on a number of ferries and ships used in the offshore industry. In addition to reducing emissions to a minimum, the ships will ... [More]

New Natural Gas driven Ferry for Helgoland Service

By Peter Pospiech at December 26, 2013 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Ferries, LNG fuel, Shipyards
Shipping Company Cassen Eils, Cuxhaven, part of AG Ems shipping company, has charged shipyard Fassmer GmbH, Berne, to build a new innovative ferry which is intended to do service between Cuxhaven, maybe also Hamburg, and the Island of Helgoland. It is the first new build of the company which will feature natural gas propulsion. The new ferry features a special designed hull, with this the vessel will have very special sea-keeping characteristics. The ships length is of 79,90 m, it’s width is of 12,40 m and the depth is of 3,60 m. A dynamical stabilizer system supports comfort on board the vessel. The still existing HELGOLAND will be taken out of service in 2015 when the "Green Ship" with gas propulsion is ready The ship can carry 1.000 passengers. The state-of-the-art passenger area features an open atrium with a glass elevator, several decks, large gastronomy, spacious sun-decks and a sky-bar. A Cargo compartment carries cargo of all kinds. Additional cargo space allows up to t... [More]

Brazil World Cup, Olympics, Ferries on Order From China

By George Backwell at September 14, 2013 00:48
Filed Under: drive systems, Ferries
Brazil World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016 visitors will be able to sail between venues on a fleet of seven big new 2000-seat fast ferry catamarans designed for the job by Holland’s CoCo Yachts and to be built for Rio de Janeiro State by the Afai Southern Shipyard in China. Henk van Herwijnen, General Manager of CoCo Yachts says that the ferrys between Rio de Janeiro and Niterói are expected to carry 100,000 passengers every day, increasing to 150,000 during the international sports events. Rio de Janeiro Ferry: Rendering courtesy of CoCo Yachts People-moving on this scale demands a well-proven propulsion system that for the sake of the passengers is relatively noise-free, provides precision manoeuvrability, and takes up as little space in the fitting as possible. Veth Propulsion (also of Holland) came closest to meeting these demands at the right price and landed a contract to deliver four counter-rotating  Z-drives, type VZ-700-CR (700 kW/1800 rpm) for each of the new ... [More]

Wärtsilä delivers dual-fuel engines to Danish environmentally sound ferry

By Peter Pospiech at August 27, 2013 08:26
Filed Under: Company News, Ferries, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel, Shipyards
This order is for the first Danish ferry to be operated on LNG fuel. The ferry project sets an environmental benchmark for inland ferries, and is being closely followed by other municipalities and governmental bodies in Denmark and abroad. Wärtsilä, is to supply the main propulsion generating sets for a new, environmentally sound, double ended ferry. The ship, which is the first gas fuelled ferry for a domestic route in Denmark, will operate between Jutland and the island of Samsø and will carry passengers, cars and trucks. The vessel, designed by the Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S, will be built for the Danish municipality Samsø Kommune by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. Wärtsilä signed the contract in June. Rendering of the new ferry The ferry will be powered by four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines running on natural gas and will have extremely low emission levels. The dual-fuel engine technology pioneered by Wärtsilä all... [More]

Hybrid Power System Makeover for Baltic Sea Ferry

By George Backwell at May 18, 2013 04:32
Filed Under: Ferries, Hybrid system, Marine Diesel Engines
A massive 2.7 megawatt-hour lithium polymer battery system from Canada's Richmond BC-based Corvus Energy is capable of powering the 14,500-tonne Scandlines ferry Prinsesse Benedikte, with its 300 cars and 900 passengers for up to half-an-hour on its 20 km run between Rodbyhavn, Denmark and Puttgarden, Germany; but that’s not the main reason for the retrofit installation announced by the companies at the recent commissioning. Ferry 'Prinsesse Benedikte': Photo credit ScandlinesA best of both worlds kind of solution, Fini Hansen, Technical Superintendent, Fleet Management, Scandlines Danmark A/S explained: “Scandlines is making a significant investment in new green technology that will benefit the people in the areas adjacent to the harbour and beyond in terms of reduced pollution. Corvus batteries are used primarily to minimize diesel engines running at non-optimal load. Further, this means load-leveling function in order to keep a high level of fuel efficiency and reduced n... [More]

Hybrid-driven ferry from Flensburg

By Peter Pospiech at March 14, 2013 06:08
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Ferries, Shipyards
A special propulsion system will also be fitted on a RoPax new-building  ordered  in  June  2012 by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited  (CMAL)  from  Flensburger  Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH  &  Co  KG  (FSG).  Upon delivery in June 2014, the ferry will link Stornoway on the Outer Hebrides island of Lewis with Ullapool on the Scottish mainland,  one  of  24  destinations served by the state-owned Scottish  ferry  operator  Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). CMAL is a  public  company  whose  sole shareholders  are  Scottish  ministers  and  which  charters  out its ferry fleet, currently comprising some 30 vessels, to CalMac Ferries.  The  latest  newbuilding was  ordered  by  the  Scottish government  under  a  modernisation programme and is being financed  with  the  s... [More]

Coal-burning Steamship RoRo Ferry: Great Lakes Future Uncertain

By George Backwell at March 09, 2013 05:02
Filed Under: Ferries, History, Steam
A coal-burning steamship ferry of some 400-feet in length, the car and passenger RoRo SS Badger, was amazingly still in commercial operation on Lake Michigan last summer after fifty-nine years, but whether she’ll make her sixtieth anniversary depends upon the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SS Badger: Photo courtesy of Lake Michigan Carferry Service Presently the last coal-feed steamship in operation on the Great Lakes, the  Badger was honoured, amongst many organisations, by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a ‘Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark’. The citation reads:‘The two 3,500-HP steeple compound unaflow steam engines powering SS Badger represent one of the last types of reciprocating marine steam engines. Built by the Skinner Engine Company, most unaflow engines are single expansion. These feature tandem high-and-low-pressure cylinders separated by a common head. The Badger’s four Foster-Wheeler Type D marine boiler... [More]

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