Chart Ferox has received a contract to design, build and deliver an LNG fuel system for a fast ferry which will be built by Incat of Australia.

The boat will be the first catamaran powered by 27,000 HP gas turbines fuelled by natural gas.

The catamaran, measuring 99 meters in length, will be the world’s fastest, environmentally cleanest, most efficient, high speed ferry and will be operated in Latin America.

“The bunkering system is designed to load two cryogenic LNG trailers simultaneously in less than one hour, creating a virtual LNG pipeline to the ferry”

Chart Ferox, a fully-owned European subsidiary of Chart Industries, is contracted to supply the on-board LNG fuelling system, including the storage tank, piping and control system as well as the bunkering system.

The LNG on-board storage tank is double walled stainless steel, utilising Chart’s proprietary multi-layer composite vacuum insulation system which maximises the volume of LNG available to be stored. The piping, pumps, heat exchangers and control system, contained within a fire-proof room, deliver the natural gas to the turbine engine at a precise pressure and flow. A secondary heat exchanger utilizes waste heat from the turbine exhaust to vaporise the LNG, changing its state to gas.

LNG-fuelled catamaran

Source: Chart Ferox

The bunkering system is designed to load two cryogenic LNG trailers simultaneously in less than one hour, creating a virtual LNG pipeline to the ferry. 

Chart is a pioneer in the development of LNG fuel delivery systems for clean burning natural gas used within the transportation industry. With the cost difference between natural gas and traditional fuels increasing, Chart plays an important role in establishing the infrastructure to allow the transition to take place.

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