Norwegian shipping company Fjord Line's two new international cruise ferries will be powered solely by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead of the more polluting heavy fuel oil.
When MS Stavangerfjord is put in operation in April this year, it will be the first and largest cruise ferry in the world to sail with a "single LNG engine," thus using the, for the time being, cleanest fuel available. "In this way Fjord Line will meet the new, stricter standards for sulfur content in fuels long before the deadline in 2015," says CEO Ingvald Fardal.
Going green: MS Stavangerfjord will be the first cruise ferry in the world to be powered exclusively by natural gas (LNG).
Fjord Line has two new cruise ferries under construction at Bergen Group Fosen. When both are in service, travelers will be offered daily departures all year round on the routes between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals, and between Hirtshals and Langesund. Now these will also be the "gr... [More]
Dual-fuel gas injection marine diesel engines gain popularity with LNG carrier operators, confirmed, say MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) by a recent order from Teekay Corporation for two 173,400 cubic metre capacity LNG carriers to be powered by ‘M’-type, electronically controlled, gas injection (ME-GI) 5G70 engines. A contract option with builders, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, allows for three more of the same large ships.Unveiled at a major event at MDT’s Copenhagen Diesel Research Centre last year, the ME-GI engine represents the culmination of many years’ work that began in the 1990s with the company’s prototype MC-GI dual-fuel engine that entered service at a power plant in Chiba, near Tokyo, Japan in 1994.
MAN ME-GI engine test – engine in background: Photo credit MAN
A full-scale test on the 4T50ME-GI research engine in Copenhagen demonstrated that the engine, operating on high-pressure gas delivered from a ... [More]