SeaRoad Orders LNG-Powered RoRo for Bass Strait Run

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Image: FSG

Flensburger-Shiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) signed a contract today with Australian shipping company SeaRoad for a new LNG-powered 181-meter RoRo ferry. This marks FSG’s first LNG-powered newbuild order as well as their first-ever order placed from Australia.

This vessel will be used on the Melbourne – Devonport (Tasmania) route and will be designed to not only carry passengers and vehicles, but also containers, reefer units, cattle, hazardous cargo and trailers.

FSG notes this will be the world’s first RoRo ferry designed to carry reefer containers and hazardous cargo side-by-side.

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Image: FSG

The LNG bunkering process for this vessel will include mobile tanks which will be onloaded upon arrival in port, and then secured in place aboard the ship as part of the fixed fuel supply system for the main engines.

The ship will be 181 meters in length overall with a 26.6 meter beam and have 1960 lane meters available. Designed speed will be 20.5 knots.

Construction is expected to commence in September 2015 at Flensburg’s Batteriestrasse with delivery planned for Q3 2016.