Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

2 7 Swedish ferry operator Stena RoRo will launch three new LNGfuelled ro-pax vessels, which will feature a broad scope of solutions designed by marine technology and solutions provider Wärtsilä. Currently under construction at China Merchant Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, Shandong, the ferries are expected to be delivered in 2024 and 2025. “We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s ability to supply reliable and highly efficient solutions in line with our operational and sustainability requirements,” said Per Westling, managing director at Stena RoRo. “In particular, its experience and leading know-how in LNG technologies is especially important to us as we move to decarbonise our services.” Wärtsilä solutions used for three new Stena RoRo vessels Damen Shipyards to build five ro-pax ferries for Penang Port Damen Shipyards will build five new ro-pax ferries to replace Penang Port’s current fleet for services between Butterworth, the Malaysian Peninsula, Penang Island and the capital city of Penang, George Town. Each new vessel will carry up to 250 passengers and 50 vehicles every 15 minutes, and will feature air-conditioned and sheltered outdoor areas. Following an assessment of Penang Port’s operations, infrastructure and customer’s wishes, Damen standardised its design to be more efficient and cost-effective. Redundancy, maintenance, spare parts, crew training and operating costs were also considered during the design process. The new ferries will be delivered in mid-2023 and will serve an estimated 2.5 million pedestrians each year. Honfleur, the ro-pax passenger ferry built by Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft and completed by Fosen Yard in Norway, concluded its sea trials in February 2022. Elpro Electro, the Norwegian distributor of STI Marine products, had several electricians onboard to ensure that the operation was carried out smoothly. Honfleur has been fully fitted with STI Marine cable transits and sealing systems, chosen by the shipyard due to their ease of installation and time saving. The ability to pull new cables through, as opposed to other solutions where the packing needs to be dismounted and then reassembled after adding new cables, is another example of why the product was used onboard. Honfleur can carry 1,680 passengers and has a 2,600 lane-metre freight deck. Honfleur ferry nears completion fitted with STI Marine Cable transits Torghatten Nord to operate hydrogenpowered ferries from 2025 Torghatten Nord has signed a contract with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to operate hydrogen ferries between Bodø and Lofoten in Norway from 2025. The ferry operator will build two new hydrogen vessels to operate from 1 October 2025 until 2040 and will convert its existing vessels from LNG to low-emission solutions. The ferries will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the Vest fjord connection by 26,500 tonnes per year in comparison to Torghatten Nord’s current LNG fleet, with 60 per cent of their capacity being dedicated to foot passengers and 40 per cent to passenger vehicles.