The second of Fjord Line’s two new cruise ferries, both with engines powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), was launched last week in Gdansk, Poland. The ship, to be named MS Bergensfjord, will be towed to Bergen Group Fosen, an international ship yard seated at Rissa, close to the entrance to the Trondheim fjord, Norway, for interior fitting and finishing. On Wednesday May 29th, she sails on her maiden voyage.
The first to be launched, MS Stavangerfjord is now in the process of being finished at Bergen Group Fosen. This fall, the new sister ship will also be ready for service. Then Fjord Line will be able to offer passengers clean-fuelled cruise ferries with daily departures on the routes between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals, and between Hirtshals and Langesund.
Both ships are equipped with Rolls-Royce dedicated LNG engines that reduce NOx emissions by 92 percent compared to engines powered by traditional heavy fuel oil. Emissions of sulfur are eliminated completely, particulate emissions are reduced by 98 percent, and CO2 is down 23 percent. So air pollution will be minimal, on the sea and while in port.
The new ships, 170 meters long, will each accommodate 1,500 passengers and have space for 306 cabins, 600 cars, trucks and cargo.
(Source: Fjord Line)