The first ever new-build liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled German seagoing vessel, a passenger ferry, owned by Reederei Cassen Eils GmbH had its maiden voyage on December 11. The ship has been built at the Fr. Fassmer shipyard in Germany and powered by a complete Wärtsilä LNG propulsion solution.
The ferry will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland. Because of the need to minimize exhaust gas emissions in this UNESCO World Heritage listed ecologically sensitive area, the ferry will operate primarily on LNG using two 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF medium-speed dual-fuel engines.
This ship will produce 20% less CO2, 90% less NOx, and almost zero SOx and particulates efficiently and without restrictions in the Wadden Sea National Park.
Wärtsilä has also supplied its LNGPac fuel bunkering and gas supply system with related safety and automation systems. Wärtsilä’s patented Cold Recovery System uses the latent heat of LNG for the ship’s air conditioning systems resulting in significant operational savings and an increase in overall vessel efficiency, while adding to the environmental benefits.