VARD receives order for two LNG powered car and passenger ferries

Norwegian headquartered designer and shipbuilder of offshore and specialised vessels VARD has secured contracts for the construction of two LNG powered car and passenger ferries for ferry operator Torghatten Nord in Norway in a deal worth approximately NOK 600 million.

The new car- and passenger ferries are designed for environmentally friendly operations in the Norwegian fjords, with a total capacity that is able to accommodate up to 180 cars and 550 passengers and crew. The ferries of Multi Maritime MM 125FD design will measure 130m in length with a beam of 20.7m, and will have a speed of approximately 18 knots. 

VARD CEO and Executive Director Roy Reite commented, “I would like to welcome Torghatten Nord as a new client to VARD, and we look forward to working together with their team on this exciting project, combining LNG propulsion and battery systems. VARD has long experience in building LNG powered and dual fuel vessels. We delivered the world’s first LNG powered car- and passenger ferry back in the year 2000, and have delivered a broad range of ships using this innovative technology since, including offshore vessels, ferries and a fish feed carrier.”

Delivery of the ferries is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in Q3 2018 and Q4 2018 respectively. The hulls of the vessels will be built by Vard Braila in Romania and once built, will be equipped with hybrid gas-electric propulsion with fast charging battery systems to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, meeting the latest requirements for energy efficiency.

Multi Maritime said it has put major efforts into designing energy efficient hull lines and systems onboard, as well as ensuring the vessels have good sea keeping and manoeuvering capabilities.

The ferries are intended to be used on the Halhjem-Sandvikvåg crossing, where Torghatten Nord has been awarded a five-year contract with the Norwegian government. 

Torghatten Nord AS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Torghatten ASA. The company operates seagoing public transportation with a total of 47 express boats and ferries in the counties Nordland and Troms in Norway.