Two French websites, Le Marin, and Mer et Marine, report that Corsica Linea is in the phase of defining the specifications of a new LNG-powered ro-pax ferries. The company is talking with shipyards. The aim is to order one ferry this year, with a probable option.
CLdN’s Supersized Ro-Ro’s: A Success Story, And LNG-Ready
CLdN’s super 8,000 lane meter ro-ro CELINE is now more than one year in operation.
DNV GL has published a review. No time to read? Here are some bullet points:
- Larger vessels bring down the unit price.
- Bigger vessels work better on long hauls.
- Transfer the best of deep-sea technology to ro-ro, with new developments in thrusters, rudders and engines.
- Very maneuverable, in spite of their very large dimensions.
- Learning to operate two-stroke engines rather than the four-stroke units typical for the rest of the fleet
- Moving from low to medium voltage.
- Operating shaft generators at variable rotational speeds with frequency converters, rather than constant-speed engines.
- Operations with larger volumes and more decks.
- Ready for conversion to LNG when the time is right. “It’s not a case of ‘whether’, but rather of ‘when’.
Baleària is also finalising the construction of what will be the first two smart ro-pax ships with LNG engines to sail the Mediterranean. The HYPATIA DE ALEJANDRÍA is scheduled to begin operations early next year, followed by the MARIE CURIE a few months later.
Meanwhile, the first of a total of six ships in the fleet will have its engine replaced this autumn to allow it to sail with LNG. The European Union recently awarded Baleària a grant of some €12 million out of the total investment €72 million.
Within the next three years Baleària plans to have at least half of its ferry fleet using LNG, rising to a 100% of the fleet within ten years.
LNG Ro-Ro Ferry For Kaliningrad Region Included In Development Programme
The construction of an LNG-powered ro-ro ferry for the Ust-Luga Baltijsk Line has been included into the Russian federal programme for the Kaliningrad Region. The ship is a 200m LNG-powered ro-ro ferry of Arc4 class, with an enclosed deck for railcars and open upper deck for trailers and trucks.
The vessel will have a double-screw propulsion plant. It can be bunkered simultaneously from four mobile units or from a coastal LNG bunker base. The ship is of a CNF19M design, by Marine Engineering Bureau.
Rostock Will Have An LNG Terminal
Port of Rostock announced the signing of a lease agreement with a Belgian-Russian joint venture, for a mid-scale LNG terminal. This milestone brings the LNG project in Rostock one step closer to the anticipated start in the next decade.
The joint venture (Fluxys 51% – Novatek 49%) intends to build and operate a terminal for receiving and unloading mid-scale LNG carriers, keeping LNG in storage and providing services to enable downstream distribution of LNG (bunkering).
Lorenzo Matacena, managing director of the ferry company Caronte & Tourist, appeared upset with Italy since the company he heads will not be allowed to use gas on the newbuilding set to be delivered soon by Sefine shipyard.
“Unfortunately a set of public rules needed for operating the new LNG dual-fuel ferry under construction in Turkey is still missing in our country,” Matacena said at the Shipping and the Law conference organized by Studio legale Lauro and held in Naples this week.
The new ferry will be deployed on the Strait of Messina.
“The two big concerns are: a set of rules and infrastructure,” Matacena pointed out, referring to LNG terminals still to be realized ashore.
On the other side of the business, in order to be compliant with the new sulphur cap rules coming into force from 2020, Caronte & Tourist’s managing director also announced that on the ferries deployed on the motorways of the seas (mainly the Messina-Salerno maritime link), they are going to install scrubbers, thus copying what was decided also by Grimaldi Group,” he specified.
Genoa-based Cosulich and Novella groups are working together with the aim to provide LNG to the ferries and cruise ships calling at the port of Genoa. Italy’s oil major Eni has been also invited to take part to the project, while Autogas Group will be the partner in charge for the inland distribution of the gas.
MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and some other ferry companies (Grandi Navi Veloci) in the recent past asked the local port authority to speed up any potential project aimed at giving shipping companies the possibility to receive LNG from bunker barges.
Cosulich and Novella, both active on the market as physical suppliers of bunker respectively in Singapore and in the ports of Genoa and Savona, look at the regasification terminal off the coast of Leghorn managed by OLT Offshore Toscana and the one onshore in Panigaglia controlled by Snam as key points for receiving LNG.
Two Balearia Visentini Ro-Pax Ships To Be Converted Into LNG Dual-Fuel
MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of MAN Energy Solutions, has won the contract to convert two ro-pax ferries from Baleària to dual-fuel operation.
Sister ships, the NAPOLES and SICILIA, are currently each powered by 2 × MAN 9L48/60A main engines, which will all be converted to 9L51/60DF units that will enable running on LNG.
The conversion of the NÁPOLES is due to take place in Spain between November 2018 and January 2019, with the conversion of SICILIA to take place from October to December 2019.
Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has taken delivery of double-ended ferry ARMAND-IMBEAU II. Built by Davie Shipbuilding, ARMAND IMBEAU II is able to operate entirely on LNG. She has icebreaking capability, necessary for year-round operations on the Saint Lawrence River, more specifically the busy Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine link near Québec. She’s entering service in October. A sister vessel, JOS-DESCHÊNES II, is expected in autumn.