Linde Units Will Support Viking Line Operations in Stockholm
Two Swedish units of Linde are collaborating on LNG fueling in Stockholm harbor – Linde’s AGA has contracted with Linde’s Gas Cryo AB (and Norway’s Fiskestrand Verft) for a bunkering vessel to deliver liquefied natural gas to Viking Line cruise ferries.
Fiskestrand Verft is converting a retired car ferry (diesel-fueled) on behalf of Cryo, fitting it with a horizontal LNG tank of a reported 180 cubic meters capacity (upwards of 47,000 gallons), and efficient, pump-less LNG bunkering equipment – both supplied by Cryo.
The vessel is being converted according to IGC code specifications, as classified by DNV, says Carl-Lennart Axelsson of customer AGA.
It is to enter service in early 2013, says Jonas Bergstrom, business area manager for plants and special equipment with Cryo AB.
Viking Line recently launched the Viking Grace (F&F, August 7), a 702-foot (214-meter) ferry with 50DF LNG-diesel dual fuel engines from Wartsila, from the STX Turku shipyard in Finland. Viking Grace is to serve on the Viking Line’s Turku-Stockholm route beginning in January.
Hans Gustavsson is senior sales and project manager with Cryo AB.
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