Linde Group has received a contract from Finland’s Meyer Turku Shipyard to deliver a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas system for the next-generation high-speed ferry of Tallink Grupp.
Under the contract, which was awarded through its Swedish Engineering subsidiary Cryo, Linde will construct an advanced LNG fuel gas system consisting of two horizontal, vacuum-insulated 300m³ tanks, with gas-handling and control systems.
Cryo managing director Lars Persson said: "With this project, AS Tallink Grupp and the marine industry takes an important step to contribute to a green Baltic Sea.
"We are very proud to have been awarded this prestigious contract by Meyer Turku, which shows once again the strong market recognition for our LNG solutions, which are designed to meet the future needs of large roll-on / roll-off passenger vessels."
Designed to operate primarily on LNG, this new ferry will be able to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) latest sulphur emissions legislation that came into force in January.
Wärtsilä will provide the dual-fuel engines for the new ferry, while ABB has been contracted to supply an electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for the vessel.
The 212m-long, environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry will be used for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations, with a capacity to carry up to 2,800 passengers.
Delivery of the vessel is expected to take place in early 2017.
In March this year, AS Tallink signed a €230m contract with Meyer Turku for the construction of this vessel.
Image: Estonian shipping’s new, environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry. Photo: courtesy of AS Tallink Grupp.