LaNaval launches CNG hybrid ferry

Written by Nick Blenkey
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AUGUST 17, 2015 — Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales del Norte – La Naval has launched the 135 m ferry Texelstroom for Netherlands operator Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO).

The 1,750 passenger, 350 vehicle vessel marks the Basque shipyard’s ferry market debut —and it is entering the segment with a technically sophisticated ship featuring a hybrid propulsion system, with dual fuel (diesel/CNG) generating sets and a battery system, feeding the propulsion electric motors.

The double ended ferry will have two completely independent engine rooms, each of which can provide enough power to be able to continue the normal service of the ferry at least up until wind force Beaufort  9.

One engine room is to be fitted with two ABC diesel engines (2 x 2,000 kW), and the other with two ABC dual fuel engines (also 2 x 2.000 kW).

Two Rolls-Royce azimuth propellers will be installed at each end of the ship, to achieve a speed of 10 knots (economic) and 15 knots (maximum).

It is planned that the ferry will operate mainly on natural gas stored in two batteries of compressed natural gas (CNG) bottles installed on the top deck.

Electric batteries will also form an integral part of the advanced energy management system. In addition to this, with over 700 sq.m of solar panels, the ferry will have power available from the sun in the sunniest region of The Netherlands.

The vessel will is scheduled to be ready for sea trials at the end of this year  and final delivery in January 2016..

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