The world’s first LNG-only cargo vessel, operating in Norwegian waters, is powered by a latest-generation Bergen C26:33 gas engine at the heart of an integrated propulsion system from Rolls-Royce that delivers a range of environmental and operational efficiency benefits.
Operator NSK Shipping underlined three inter-related factors in selecting liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for the 70-metre MS Høydal: the rising cost of traditional fuels, government subsides available for using LNG and, last but not least, the reduced environmental impact.
The vessel also incorporates our Promas combined rudder and propeller system, a tunnel thruster at the bow, hybrid shaft generator (that serves as the second propulsion source, demanded by LNG operation, as well as generating electricity) and the automated Dynamic Positioning system essential for precision delivery to fish farms often occupying awkward locations within a fjord.
NSK Shipping’s Managing Director believes using LNG, with inherently cleaner emissions, is “the right thing to do” when operating in the crisp air and pristine waters off Norway’s coast with its large network of farms producing huge quantities of salmon and trout.
Typically, MS Høydal will leave its home port of Myre with a load of 2,250 tonnes of feed pellets, travel south as far as Bodø, servicing 10-15 farms, then return to reload and go north as far as Alta near the Russian border delivering to more farms. It can refuel at Bodø, Alta, Tromsø or Harstad.
Norway, with ample domestic supplies, is pioneering the use of LNG. Farther south, it fuels many ferries that form a vital part of the transport system, connecting communities across the large network of deeply-incised fjords.
Meanwhile, MS Høydal’s success promises a bright – and clean – future for LNG in Norway’s fishing industry. As one of the world’s top ten seafood producers, with 10,000 fishing vessels and 1,300 licensed fish farms, the scope is enormous.