Two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered catamaran ferries commissioned by Rederij Doeksen are currently in transit from Strategic Marine’s Vietnam shipyard to The Netherlands where they will operate on the ferry route from Harlingen to the Dutch islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. In preparation, the Wadden Islands shipping company has contracted Titan LNG to supply fuel.
Doeksen and Titan have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of LNG to the newbuild ferries, Willem de Vlamingh and Willem Barentsz. The vessels will be bunkered by three trucks on a weekly basis in Harlingen.
As both vessels will only use LNG as fuel, the ferry service can be provided in a much more environmentally friendly way, reducing harmful emissions in the UNESCO heritage area the Wadden Sea, an intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea.
“After an intensive period of preparations to get the two new ferries into service, we have found in Titan LNG the best partner to supply LNG for our vessels,” explains Richard de Vries, Head of Operations at Rederij Doeksen. “Based on a shared philosophy that LNG is a good transition fuel for a greener shipping industry, we look forward to jointly prepare the first bunkerings in Harlingen.”
“We are very pleased to have signed a long-term cooperation with Doeksen,” says Ronald van Selm, COO of Titan LNG. “There is a good match between the companies and we are proud to be involved in this pioneering project. We feel certain that Doeksen’s passengers will appreciate the efforts that have been put into this project to reduce the environmental impact of the ferries.”
The 70m vessels, each with capacity for 66 cars and 600 passengers (of which 500 seats are covered in the salon), were built in Vietnam and are currently on their way to Harlingen for final outfitting and commissioning. It is expected that the first crossings with the vessels will take place later this year.
MTU 16-cylinder V 4,000 engines were chosen for the ferries, to be fed by two LNG tanks, with each vessel driven by a Veth CRP azimuth propeller. The ferry operator selected LNG to reduce the environmental impact by lowering NOx, CO2, noise and increasing the efficiency of the ferries, leading to lower operational costs while still achieving diesel-like performance.
Titan LNG is a leading full service supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in North West Europe. It has extensive track record on delivering LNG as a marine fuel to vessels and has 2 LNG bunker barges on order, and has a growth strategy in place for multiple ports in NW Europe and the Mediterranean.