Dutch ferry operator Doeksen’s new LNG-powered catamaran ferry, Willem De Vlamingh, has entered service on the ferry connection between the Dutch islands of Vlieland and Terschelling
Willem De Valmingh and its sister ship Willem Barentsz are the Netherlands’ first single-fuel LNG ferries, and the first vessels in the world with single-fuel, direct-drive LNG engines propelling fixed rudder propellers.
Commenting on the new addition, Doeksen chief executive Dirk Spoor said “Even though the world is focused on the coronavirus pandemic right now, we can’t forget the environment. In the shipping industry, we need sustainable solutions that reduce pollutant emissions. I am delighted that we’re now able to add a second LNG ferry to our fleet.”
The 70-m long ferry is made entirely of aluminium, making it lighter more fuel efficient than conventional ferries. Willem de Vlamingh is fitted with two 16-cylinder Rolls-Royce MTU Series 4000 gas engines which produce an output of 1,492-kW, and the ferry can reach a top speed of 14 knots.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems head of the marine business, Denise Kurtulus said “We are proud to see this second ferry commence operations on the Wadden Sea powered by our new MTU gas engines."
The vessel will initially run on LNG, which Doeksen regards as a transitional fuel and the operator plans on switching to a more sustainable liquefied biogas when the necessary infrastructure is in place.
Further innovations include a residual heat recovery system to ensure that thermal energy from the engine cooling system and the exhaust gases is recycled. Two Orcan Energy units supply all the electrical power requirements of the bow thruster system as well as covering part of the normal electrical requirements on board.
The vessel joins sister ship Willem Barentsz on the Vlieland and Terschelling route.
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