Ferry Business - Autumn/Winter 2019

109 to increase energy efficiency, has been delivered by the Cantiere Navale Visentini shipyard and started operations at the end of July. Baleària continues to pursue LNG innovation with Eleanor Roosevelt, the world’s first fast-ferry powered by dual LNG engines, scheduled to start operations in summer 2020. “Baleària is leading this worldwide pioneer project with the support of outstanding international partners,” says Adolfo Utor, chairman of Baleària. “These innovative engines will allow the fast-ferry to reach an operating speed of 35 knots (with a maximum speed of more than 40 knots) all while maintaining the highest levels of comfort. The twin-hull catamaran will feature 400 nautical miles of autonomy with the two LNG storage tanks.” Mediterranean operator Moby, owned by Onorato Armatori, has commissioned two luxury ro-pax ferries – with an option to add two further vessels – and the first is scheduled for delivery in 2022. The ships will be designed by Danish naval architecture company OSK-ShipTech and built by Guangzhou Shipyard International in China. “On a global scale this is in any possible way a significant order in the current ro-pax market,” said Jacob Thygesen, CEO of OSK Group, in a press release. “The fact that OSK-ShipTech is onboard a contract of this size is something we are very proud of and goes to show that we are among the ship designers globally who are relevant when it comes to the world’s largest design projects.” New challenges are also emerging, as the efforts involved in perfecting innovative new vessels and a growing trend for ferry companies to work with shipyards further afield adds time and complexity to some projects. Dutch operator Rederij Doeksen and Strategic Marine’s Vung Tau, Vietnam shipyard have put great effort into building its two new ferries. They will be the Netherlands’ first single-fuel LNG ferries and the first ships in the world with single- fuel LNG engines directly driving a fixed propeller. However, delays have prompted the operator to move the vessels closer to home. They arrived in Harlingen at the end of May for the remaining outfitting work to be done by Nesta Shipping Company. Shipyard delays at Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft have also affected Brittany Ferries’ hotly anticipated Honfleur. The new ferry, which promises significant technical and environmental enhancements, will now be delivered in time for the summer 2020 season, instead of 2019 as originally hoped. However, the promise of innovative technical solutions should make her worth the wait. Looking ahead, a continuing flow of new concepts can be expected as the surging demand for smart, environmentally friendly ferries drives innovation among future- focused shipyards. At the Nor Shipping trade fair in Oslo in June, for example, UK company Cammell Laird announced plans for a specially designed ro-pax ferry to disrupt the newbuild ferry market, which the company says is still underserved. “The ferry industry is crying out for innovation and green-friendly solutions,” said Andy Askham, Cammell Laird project director. “Our new ro-pax design will be in the segment of the market where there’ll be a lot of demand for the next decade. From our discussions with various owners we have seen real interest in our design that thrusts environmental innovation, fuel efficiency and comfort to the forefront of the future ferry market.” C&F Operator Vessel Yard Pax Cost Del. estimate Fjord1 5 all-electric ferries Havyard Ship Technology 195 US$117m 2019 Caledonian Maritime Assets 2 dual-fuel ferries Ferguson Marine Engineering 1,000 US$125m 2019 Molslinjen High-speed catamaran Austal 1,006 --- 2019 Naviera Armas High-speed catamaran Incat Tasmania 1,200 US$87m 2019 Algérie Ferries Ro-pax ferry Guangzhou Shipyard Int’l 1,800 US$175m 2019 Polferries 2 dual-fuel ro-pax ferries MSR Gryfia 400 --- 2019 Brittany Ferries Honfleur Flensburger 1,680 US$225m 2020 Viking Line LNG ro-pax ferry Xiamen Shipbuilding 2,800 US$229m 2019 Ontario Ministry of Transport 2 hybrid ro-pax ferries Damen Galati 446 --- 2019-2020 Baleària Eleanor Roosevelt Armon Gijón 1,200 US$99.4m 2020 Irish Ferries Ro-pax ferry Flensburger 1,800 US$235m 2020 Boreal All-electric ferry Vard Brevik 199 --- 2020 Fjord Line High-speed catamaran Austal 1,200 --- 2020 Arriva Danmark 2 fully electric passenger ferries Damen Shipyards Group --- 2020 GNV 2 ro-pax (LNG-ready) Guangzhou Shipyard Int’l 2,500 --- 2020-2021 Stena Line 3 Stena E-flexer AVIC Weihai Shipyard 1,000 --- 2020-2021 TT-Line 2 LNG cruise ferries Flensburger 2,000 --- 2021 DFDS 2 ro-pax ferries Guangzhou Shipyard Int’l 600 --- 2021 Brittany Ferries Galicia and Salamanca AVIC Shipyard 1,000 --- 2021-2022 Moby 2 luxury ro-pax ferries Guangzhou Shipyard International --- 2022 Brittany Ferries Santoña AVIC Weihai Shipyard 1,000 --- 2023 Dolphin Shipping High-speed catamaran ‘Dolphin 3’ Incat Crowther/ Khan Co 710 --- Buquebus Dual-fuel 130m catamaran Incat Tasmania 2,100 --- Major orders up to 2023 ”Baleària is leading a worldwide pioneer project with the support of outstanding international partners” Adolfo Utor, Baleària