Norwegian transportation company Fjord1 launched the MF Boknafjord, the world’s largest gas ferry. The new ferry, delivered by Fiskerstrand BLRT AS, will serve the Arsvågen-Mortavika route on the Boknafjord in Rogaland County.
|MF Boknafjord. Click to enlarge.|
The new gas-operated ferry is designed by Multi Maritime AS in Førde, Western Norway and has a total length of 129.9m, a maximum width of 19.2m and a capacity of 242 passenger cars or 22 heavy goods vehicles in combination with passenger cars. The ferry holds 600 passengers including staff.
The ferry is built according to Det Norske Veritas’s Class, has deadweight of approx. 1350 metric tonnes and is approx. 7500 register tonnes. The ship has four azimuth thrusters that are run by a gas-electric system consisting of three large LNG gas motors and alternators. The gas motors will give a service speed of approx. 20 knots.
Aside from being gas-powered, the ferry’s hull design and more efficient engine technology yield additional energy savings by reducing fuel consumption and methane emissions. By changing from diesel to natural gas, virtually all emissions of particles (smoke/soot) are eliminated, as well as all emissions of sulphur. Furthermore, CO2 emissions will be reduced by as much as 25%.
Fjord1 started operating the world’s first gas ferry Glutra in Møre og Romsdal County in 2000, and is a market leader in the operation of gas-powered car ferries. The ferry route serving the coastal trunk road in Rogaland and Hordaland Counties has since 2007 been served by five such ferries from Fjord1. By the end of 2011, Fjord1 will have 12 gas ferries in operation along the Norwegian coast.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) ordered the new ferry due to a large increase in traffic in the area. About 2,2 million cars and about five million passengers used the two ferry links in 2011. The ferry shall also serve as a spare vessel for Bjørnefjorden in case of planned maintenance downtime or any unforeseen problems.