International classification society Bureau Veritas is to class a unique LNG-fuelled high speed and high capacity passenger ferry which has been ordered by AS Tallink Grupp for the Helsinki-Tallinn route. The 2,850-passenger vessel will have a service speed of 27 knots and will be built by Meyer Turku for delivery in 2017.
Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, says, “Bureau Veritas has extensive experience with LNG as a fuel and with ground breaking major passenger ship projects. We bring the two areas of expertise together with this project which will allow the vessel to meet strict air emission control limits in the Baltic area.”
The 49,000 gt ferry will be 212 m long. The dual-fuel vessel is designed to operate in icy waters and for fast cargo and passenger turnaround at each end of the route.
Bureau Veritas subsidiary Tecnitas has already carried out risk assessment studies for the LNG bunker operations in Helsinki and Tallinn ports. Bunkering will be carried out in either port by truck or bunkering barge. Tecnitas will also carry out HAZID studies for the proposed LNG propulsion and storage on board.
“This is a demanding route over a short distance with a very high capacity vessel which will operate from early morning to late at night with short turnaround time and which will have to cope with severe winter conditions. Bureau Veritas will also provide statutory certification on behalf of the Estonian flag,” says Donche-Gay.
(Source: Bureau Veritas)