Bomin Linde LNG GmbH & Co. KG has successfully completed the initial liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering of what will be Australia’s first LNG-fuelled ferry.
The Hamburg-based business organised the planning, preparation and implementation of the fuelling operation for the ‘Searoad Mersy II’ vessel, which included obtaining relevant permits from the port, technical consulting and onsite coordination.
The ferry features a unique tank system of the ferry as it utilises LNG trailers that are connected to the drive system after being filled with LNG rather than having its own tanks. As a result, Bomin Linde LNG specifically created bunker guidelines and safety procedures tailored to international regulations for this new fuelling system.
The roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel is currently under construction at the base of German shipbuilding company Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), but once completed it will be the first Australian RoRo ferry with LNG propulsion to operate between Tasmania and Melbourne.
Günter Eiermann, Technical Director at Bomin Linde LNG, highlighted, “The new tanker-to-tanker process went smoothly and is thus an additional option for using LNG for marine propulsion.”
FSG’s Project Manager Holger Jacobs said that the partnership with Bomin LNG offers “flexible full service” and added, “We are already in negotiations for additional newbuildings.”
Initial bunkering with LNG took place in Odense, Denmark before the ferry sailed on a test run back to Flensburg, Germany.