AS Tallink Grupp, provider of high-quality mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region, is a step closer to its next-generation high-speed ferry after shipbuilder Meyer Turku Shipyard of Finland awarded a contract to Cryo AB (part of The Linde Group) to build the liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas system for the vessel.
The ferry will operate in the Baltic Sea between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia and has been designed to comply with the European Emission Control Area (ECA) limits thanks to the use of LNG as fuel.
Lars Persson, Managing Director of Cryo AB, said: “With this project, AS Tallink Grupp and the marine industry takes an important step to contribute to a green Baltic Sea. We are very proud to have been awarded this prestigious contract by Meyer Turku, which shows once again the strong market recognition for our LNG solutions, which are designed to meet the future needs of large roll-on/roll-off passenger vessels.”
The LNG fuel gas system consists of two horizontal, vacuum-insulated 300 m³ tanks plus gas handling and control systems. It will supply natural gas to the vessel’s dual-fuel engines. The ship’s service speed of 27 knots is partly attributable to its highly innovative hull shape, engineered specifically to increase fuel efficiency. The ship has a capacity of 2,850 passengers and will be delivered at the start of 2017.
Linde plays an active role in the growing popularity of LNG as a low-emission fuel. In June last year, the Finnish Transport Agency commissioned Cryo AB to build an LNG fuel gas system for a new icebreaker. In Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm, Linde built Sweden’s first LNG terminal in 2011. In 2012, Linde and marine fuel specialist Bomin founded a joint venture company, Bomin Linde LNG, which is developing a supply chain for LNG as marine fuel including the provision of required infrastructure.
(Source: The Linde Group)