Bergen Fosen Building Two Ships with Rolls-Royce BV12PG Engines
Two new international cruise ferries by the Egersund, Norway-based Fjord Line will be powered solely by liquefied natural gas, rather than the originally announced dual fuel.
When MS Stavangerfjord is put into operation in May 2013, it will be the first and largest cruise ferry in the world to sail solely on LNG, Fjord Line says. A sister ship, MS Bergensfjord, is also under construction by Norway’s Bergen Group Fosen.
The new ferries will each have four dedicated-natural gas, 5.5-megawatt BV12PG engines by Rolls-Royce Marine for a total of 29,500-horsepower.
“Installation of the motors and other technical equipment needed to power the ships with natural gas will extend the construction period,” Fjord Line CEO Ingvald Fardal said in a joint release with Bergen Group on Monday.
Well Worth the Wait
“However, going with natural gas from day one will mean we can avoid taking the ships out of operation for three months when the new emission standards come in force in 2015.
“We will take delivery of MS Stavangerfjord from the shipyard in April of next year and welcome passengers to the maiden voyage from Bergen in May,” Fardal said. MS Bergensfjord, he said, “will be ready to sail a few months later.
“We will then achieve the regularity we have been working toward without a long service interruption in 2014.”
“These vessels will be the first international LNG-fuelled passenger vessels in operation and we are very pleased to be a part of this ground-breaking project,” Rolls-Royce general sales manager for merchant and navy engines Odd Magne Horgen said in his firm’s announcement on Tuesday.
“Rolls-Royce technology will drastically reduce emissions delivering significant efficiency gains to the customer,” Horgen said.
Terje Arnesen is Bergen Group Fosen CEO and executive VP for shipbuilding.
Each of the new ships will have a deadweight of 3,900 tons and a total length of 170 meters, or 558 feet. “Each ship will offer 306 cabins,” Fjord Line says, “many of which will be suites, and will accommodate 1,500 passengers. The cargo decks will have capacity for 600 personal vehicles or a smaller number in combination with larger trucks and cargo.”
When both of the new ships are in service, travelers will be offered daily departures year-round between Bergen, Stavanger in Norway and Hirtshals (Denmark), and between Hirtshals and Langesund, Norway.
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