Redwise delivers first 100% LNG ferries

'Samnøy' ferry 'Samnøy' ferry undergoing bunkering. Credit: Redwise

Redwise has delivered its first ferries operating only on LNG fuel, built by Tersan Shipyards in Turkey on behalf of Norwegian operator Torghatten Nord.

The decision for Redwise to deliver the Huftarøy and Samnøy ferries was due to its ability to provide two full LNG trained and certified crews at the same time, with proven experience on LNG-fuelled and double ended ferries. The company had previously delivered multiple dual fuel ferry and RoRo/RoPax vessels that operated on LNG for part of the voyages.

Both Redwise crews had undergone extensive training at EU institutes for the previous LNG-fuelled delivery voyages. With the regulations and standards for low flashpoint fuels developing and being implemented further, it was decided to run an additional dedicated course at the STC training centre in Rotterdam for basic and advanced training. This was necessary to comply with current Dutch and Norwegian legislation.

Bunkering coordination

Planning and agreeing on LNG bunkering was also important for the journey. With vessels departing shortly after each other and with limited LNG only bunker capacity, Redwise entered into a frame agreement with REPSOL for these simultaneous voyages.

REPSOL set up bunker facilities in both Cartagena and El Ferrol, on very short notices with the vessels bunkering LNG back-to-back.

Built to operate in sheltered waters, the vessels each averaged 16 knots during the delivery voyages. This was due to a large high-pressure system nestling above Europe, which ensured that the vessels could proceed at near maximum speed.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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