Ferry Business - Spring/Summer 2019

113 of two dual-fuel ro-pax ferries from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International, this summer. The newbuild will join Visborg, primarily relying on LNG fuel to operate between Visby, Gotland and Nynaeshamn and Oscarshamn in mainland Sweden. This January, Swedish operator Kvarken Link ordered an 800-passenger ferry that will be powered by a dual-fuel system comprising LNG/biogas and batteries from Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC). The ice-class vessel, which will also have 1,500 lane metres for freight, will navigate the icy waters between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden following her spring 2021 delivery. RMC has also secured its largest newbuild order to date – an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Tallink Grupp ferry that will transport 2,800 passengers and their vehicles between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. The company, which has previously worked on six Tallink Grupp ferries, began the planning phase this spring and will commence construction in 2020 before delivering the vessel in December 2021. RMC estimates that the vessel will take “1,500 person-years” to complete, so it aims to recruit new employees. “This is an opportunity for us to utilise our longstanding experience and to help steer the ship traffic between Finland and Estonia in a more environmentally friendly direction,” said Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of RMC. Dual-fuel ferries are also being built for other European operators. Scotland’s Ferguson Marine Engineering is constructing two for Scottish operator Caledonian Maritime Assets, Poland’s MARS Shipyard & Offshore is working on two for Polferries and Germany’s Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft yard is outfitting Brittany Ferries’ new LNG- powered cruise ferry Honfleur after floating her out of dry dock in December. Plus, Mediterranean operator Baleària has contracted Spain’s Astilleros Armon yard to build the world’s first fast ro-pax ferry with four dual-fuel reciprocating engines, which will primarily run on LNG when she debuts in 2020. Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini is also building two LNG ferries for Baleària, the first of which will be delivered in the first half of 2019. Meanwhile, Baltic-based TT-Line and Finland-based Viking Line have joined the growing list of European operators contracting Chinese shipbuilders to construct dual-fuel ferries. The former has tasked Jiangsu Jinling with building its first Green Ship, which will have LNG-powered engines that produce 50% fewer emissions than the previous generation of its ro-pax ferries following her 2022 debut. The latter is awaiting delivery of an ice-class cruise ferry from Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co, which will operate on LNG between Turku in Finland, the Åland islands and Stockholm, Sweden from early 2021. Green fuels are also becoming a popular choice in North America and Canada. Chantier Davie Canada shipyard, for example, is building the last of three LNG- fuelled ferries for Canadian operator Société des traversiers du Québec. BC Ferries, which already operates several dual-fuel ferries, is currently looking for a shipyard to build four electric-hybrid ferries and one natural gas-powered vessel. 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 Baleària 2 dual-fuel ro-pax ferries Cantiere Navale di Visentini 810 US$219m 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 2019 Viking Line LNG ro-pax ferry Xiamen Shipbuilding 2,800 US$229m 2019 Irish Ferries 1 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 GNV 2 ro-pax (LNG-ready) Guangzhou Shipyard Int’l 2,500 2020-2021 Stena Line 3 Stena E-flexer AVIC 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 2 Stena E-flexer AVIC Shipyard 1,000 2021-2022 Major orders up to 2022 Color Line’s new ferry will be the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship