The two companies have entered into a contract for the construction of a dedicated liquefied natural gas ship bunkering terminal at the Port of Hirtshals, where Fjord Line on a daily basis arrives with one of its two LNG-fueled cruise ferries MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord. It is expected to be operational in Q4, 2014.
The ship bunkering terminal will be designed, constructed and commissioned by Liquiline Europe AS featuring a LiquiStation® Bulk™ ST2FF type, and will have an on-site storage tank with a gross volume of 500m3 and a bunkering solution having a bunkering capacity of up to 400m3 of LNG per hour. This design will enable Fjord Line to bunker its ships within two hours, which is the time that the cruise ferries are docked to the port.
The two cruise ferries are trading between Norway and Denmark and each have a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 600 cars, trucks and cargo. They are fitted with Rolls-Royce Marine gas engines. MS Stavangerfjord was commissioned and set in operation in July 2013. MS Bergensfjord was commissioned and set in operation in March 2014.
Dag Lilletvedt, CEO of Liquiline Group, said: “We are very pleased with this agreement with Fjord Line, since it is based on our new LNG ship bunkering terminal design. In Fjord Line we get a strong and innovative industrial partner, being in the forefront of using LNG as bunker fuel in their new cruise ferries”.
Gert Balling, Director of Fjord Line, stated: “Fjord Line is very much looking forward to have this LNG ship bunkering terminal from Liquiline established. It will enable us to bunker our ships quickly and give us the possibility to make use of this terminal commercially”.