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HUFTARØY and SAMNØY: Two LNG-only ferries delivered in record time

The HUFTARØY and SAMNØY, built by Tersan Shipyards in Turkey on behalf of Norwegian operator Torghatten Nord, are the first two ferries delivered by Redwise, burning LNG only.

They are following in line of multiple ferry and RoRo / RoPax vessels, equipped with dual fuel engines, delivered by Redwise operating on LNG for part of the voyages.

With their own dedicated, trained and experienced crew members, including 80 key seafaring permanently employed personnel and an experienced operations staff, Redwise was selected to conduct these delivery voyages. Most importantly, being able to provide two full LNG trained and certified crews at the same time, with proven experience on LNG fueled and double ended ferries, was the main decision driver. In short, Redwise was fully qualified to handle these complex delivery voyages.

Both Redwise crews had undergone extensive training at EU institutes for the previous LNG fueled delivery voyages. With the regulations and standards for low flashpoint fuels developing and being implemented further, it was decided to run an additional dedicated course at the STC training center in Rotterdam for basic and advanced training.This was necessary to comply with current Dutch and Norwegian legislation, partially doubling up previous training.

Not only providing an experienced and competent crew were paramount for the success of these delivery voyages, planning and agreeing on LNG bunkering being another a key factor. With vessels departing shortly after each other and with limited LNG only bunker capacity, Redwise entered into a frame agreement with REPSOL for these simultaneous voyages. REPSOL proved itself as extremely helpful and flexible setting up bunker facilities in both Cartagena and El Ferrol, on very short notices with the vessels bunkering LNG back-to-back.

The two voyages went smoothly, with the vessels averaging 16 knots following on each other’s heels. The delivery voyages were done in the best possible circumstances due to a large high pressure system nestling above Europe. This did not only provide excellent skiing opportunities in the Alps and beautiful weather across the rest of Europe, it also ensured that the vessels could proceed at near maximum speed.

With the vessels built to operate in sheltered waters and voyage approvals issued by both DNV-GL and the Norwegian registry, the stable weather pattern and near perfect sea conditions voided any need to seek shelter through the Mediterranean, Bay of Biscay and North Sea in the winter, enabling the record time delivery voyages.

Redwise, established in 1906, is specialized in delivering ships under own power including all aspects relating thereto, and provides specialized personnel, crew management and deep sea and coastal pilot / offshore VTS services.

Mar 08 2019

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