Tallink’s first LNG-fueled passenger ferry gets closer to construction
International classification society Bureau Veritas was chosen to class a unique LNG-powered high speed and high capacity passenger ferry which has been ordered by AS Tallink Grupp for the Helsinki-Tallinn route, one of the most significant in the Baltic Sea region. The dual-fuel vessel will have a service speed of 27 knots and will be built by Meyer Turku for delivery in 2017. It is designed to operate in icy waters and for fast cargo and passenger turnaround at each end of the route.
“Bureau Veritas has extensive experience with LNG as a fuel and with ground breaking major passenger ship projects. We bring the two areas of expertise together with this project which will allow the vessel to meet strict air emission control limits in the Baltic area,” said Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas.
Bureau Veritas subsidiary Tecnitas has already carried out risk assessment studies for the LNG bunker operations in Helsinki and Tallinn ports. Bunkering will be carried out in either port by truck or bunkering barge. Tecnitas will also carry out HAZID studies for the proposed LNG propulsion and storage on board.
Moreover, ABB has won the order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution to Meyer Turku shipyard for installation on the new ship. ABB’s technology will help the ferry to minimize fuel and power consumption and optimize the operational efficiency, while providing reliable power supply for all the electrical power equipment and systems.