Singapore’s Triyards Holdings Limited, through its subsidiary, Western Australian-based shipbuilding company Strategic Marine, reports it has secured a new contract with Rederij Doeksen (Royal Doeksen) for the construction of two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered aluminium catamarans. The new contracts are worth EUR 44 million (USD 50m).
Developed by nautical design company BMT Nigel Gee from Southampton, the two RoPax ferries will feature a new single-fuel LNG propulsion system that offers efficiency advantages over dual-fuel engines. Construction is set to begin this summer with delivery scheduled for Q2 2018.
The eco-friendly ferries are designed to carry up to 600 passengers and 64-cars whilst meeting stringent emissions requirements.
Strategic Marine’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Schiller, said: “We foresee an increased focus in the environmental aspects of marine transportation and LNG emerging as the fuel of choice for vessels and ferries. Our focus on the large ferry market is beginning to reap the desired results with this recent win, as we continue to focus on the vertical product chain for aluminium vessels.”
Established in 1908, Royal Doeksen is one of the largest ferry operators in the Netherlands. Backed by a long and successful record of accomplishments in the marine industry, it has further widened its operations to encompass fast ferry transport for commuters and leisure passengers between Harlingen, Vlieland and Terschelling in the Netherlands, and also operates specialised transport services for the offshore wind energy sector and has an established history in custom superyacht building.
Triyards, a broad spectrum engineering and fabrication services company, acquired aluminium shipbuilders Strategic Marine (S) Pte. Ltd. and Strategic Marine (V) Company Limited in October 2014 to add both new fabrication capacity as well as engineering capabilities.