Ferry Business - Spring/Summer 2018

International Cruise & Ferry Review Ferry Business 86 What is your technology adoption strategy, and how does it differ when it comes to newbuilds and retrofitting older vessels? Paul Melles, director of Rederij Doeksen: Our ferry services operate between Harlingen, Terschelling and Vlieland in the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage area that is protected by stringent emissions regulations. We expect the Dutch government to introduce stricter requirements in future, so when we were developing our new 600-passenger ro-pax ferries with the help of BMT Nigel Gee and Vripack, we opted for lightweight catamarans powered by single-fuel LNG engines from MTU. LNG engines are more expensive than traditional diesel options, but if they perform well in our newbuilds, we’ll consider retrofitting them to our existing fast ferries when they are due for refurbishment. We’ll also look at compressed natural gas fuel. Chet Pastrana, chairman of Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation: We want our Fastcat ferries to comply with international safety standards and feature all the onboard operational and navigational equipment required by International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and our flag state. We work with Interferry to keep track of the latest technologies for improving operational and safety efficiency, and travel onboard similar vessels in other countries to observe best practices and benchmark our operations. When designing our newest ferries, we discussed how to improve bridge and engine room operations with our officers and asked our customers about passenger accommodation and deck area enhancements. Then we collaborated with the designer, shipbuilder, classification society and suppliers of the engines, propulsion plants, paint, navigation equipment and materials to create two more energy-efficient versions of our existing ferries. The 10 vessels that will be delivered in late 2018 and early 2019 will feature new bow thrusters for docking and manoeuvring. All newbuilds have the latest versions of onboard equipment and machinery. What are the most important technologies onboard your ferries, and why have you installed them? Melles: Rederij Doeksen’s priority is to provide a daily ferry service that passengers can rely on and to do that, we need a dependable propulsion platform. Going Ferry operators are using new technologies to make their operations more sustainable and profitable. Rederij Doeksen and Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation share their strategies with Rebecca Gibson EXECUTIVE INSIGHT Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation is exploring how it can use technologies to make its Fastcat ferries more environmentally friendly high tech