Torghatten Nord Partners with MAN Cryo for Hydrogen-Powered Ferries


Torghatten Nord A/S, the Norwegian ferry company, has contracted MAN Cryo to provide design and engineering expertise for two new hydrogen-powered RoPax ferries. This project is part of a Norwegian government initiative aimed at making major vessels operating on the mainland Lofoten Islands route emission-free.

Project Scope and Details

 MAN Cryo, a part of MAN Energy Solutions and an expert in cryogenic equipment engineering, will deliver detailed designs for bunkering systems, hydrogen piping, and vent masts for the newly built vessels. Additionally, they will serve as system integrators for the hydrogen process plant, collaborating with other major suppliers on the project.

The new vessels, designed by The Norwegian Ship Design Company, will have their hulls constructed by Cemre Shipyard in Türkiye. These hulls will then be towed to Myklebust Shipyard in Norway for outfitting, including the installation of all hydrogen equipment. The ferries will operate on green, compressed hydrogen and are scheduled for delivery in 2026.

Collaboration and Statements

Eirik Olsen, Operational Director at Torghatten Nord AS, expressed satisfaction with extending their cooperation with MAN Cryo from LNG to hydrogen.

Gjermund Johannessen, CEO of The Norwegian Ship Design Company, praised MAN Cryo for their forward-thinking and solution-oriented approach, noting their successful past collaborations.

Leadership in Future-Fuel Systems

Henrik Malm, Managing Director at MAN Energy Solutions Sweden, highlighted the company’s leadership in developing future-fuel systems and their commitment to sustainable marine operations. He emphasized the significance of the hydrogen-powered ferries in achieving zero-emission operations and MAN Cryo’s role in advancing green maritime solutions.

MAN Cryo’s Expertise

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, MAN Cryo is renowned for its system design and engineering solutions for liquefied gases. The company has a pioneering reputation in the marine sector, having supplied the world’s first LNG fuel-gas system for the ‘Glutra’ ferry in Norway in 1999, the first LNG bunker vessel ‘SeaGas’ in 2013, and recently the first liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system installed below deck on a ship.


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