Harlingen, Netherlands, headquartered ferry operator Rederij Doeksen has signed a long term contract with Titan LNG for the supply of LNG as a shipping fuel to the newbuild ferries, Willem de Vlamingh and Willem Barentsz. The vessels will be bunkered by trucks on a weekly basis.
Designed by BMT Nigel Gee, the two 70 m catamarans were ordered from Triyards Holdings’ Strategic Marine subsidiary in April 2016 and are now en route to Harlingen on a heavy lift ship from the Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam.
Both ferries will operate on the ferry route to the Dutch islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. Both vessels will only use LNG as fuel, reducing emissions in the Waddenzee UNESCO heritage area.
“After an intensive period of preparations to get the two new ferries into service, we have found in Titan LNG the best partner to supply LNG for our vessels,” said Richard de Vries, Head of Operations at Rederij Doeksen. “Based on a shared philosophy that LNG is a good transition fuel for a greener shipping industry, we look forward to jointly prepare the first bunkerings in Harlingen.”
“We are very pleased to have signed a long-term cooperation with Doeksen,” says Ronald van Selm, COO of Titan LNG. “There is a good match between the companies and we are proud to be involved in this pioneering project. We feel certain that Doeksen’s passengers will appreciate the efforts that have been put into this project to reduce the environmental impact of the ferries.”
Amsterdam headquartered Titan LNG is a leading full service supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in North West Europe. It has an extensive track record in delivering LNG as a marine fuel to vessels and has two LNG bunker barges on order.