Orders, Orders, Orders
The first project Bestobell Marine received an order from Wärtsilä for was the AG Ems Helgoland ferry to be built at Germany’s Fassmer shipyard. The new ferry is the first AG Ems ship to be fitted with dual fuel propulsion from the outset. However the owner is meanwhile retrofitting and converting another ship for LNG operation. The 1,860gt, 78.7m ferry Ostfriesland is being transformed at BVT Shipyard in Bremen to burn LNG and will also utilise Bestobell Marine cryogenic valves.
Following quickly on the heels of the AG EMS order was an order from Wärtsilä for two shipsets of Bestobell cryogenic globe valves destined for two Ro-Pax ferries to be built at Chantier Davie shipyard in Canada for La Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ). The ferries will operate on the St. Lawrence River on the Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine route. The dual-fuel engines will be supplied by Wärtsilä.
Also received at the same time was an order for the sixth Harvey Gulf OSV which will be built at TY Offshore shipyard. The order, and subsequent delivery, positions Harvey Gulf as the largest owner/operator of clean burning LNG Offshore Support Vessels in the world. TY Offshore is building all six vessels at their Gulfport, Mississippi shipyard. To achieve environmentally friendly status, the vessels will be outfitted with Wärtsilä’s 6L34DF (DF=Duel Fuel LNG/Diesel) Gensets. Operating in LNG mode provides less noxious emissions than with diesel fuel. The system is designed to maximize fuel efficiency and economic power generation for all operating conditions and is ABS certified.
Also received was an order for second Siem OSV to be built at Remontowa shipyard in Poland. Another three have been confirmed at the same yard. The vessels will be of VS 4411 DF design. Siem Offshore has currently two vessels of similar design under construction for delivery in 2014 and 2015, and these vessels are contracted long-term with TOTAL E&P NORGE AS and AS Norske Shell respectively. The vessels will have Wartsila dual fuel systems for the use of either LNG or Marine Diesel Oil. This new series of PSVs for Siem Offshore represents the latest technology within dual fuelled systems and hull design, to the benefit of lower fuel consumption, lower fuel cost, lower emissions and a better environment.
Another notable order include the cryogenic valves for the first TOTE conversion project of its two 839-foot Orca Class trailer ships. Conversion of the ships to LNG propulsion are expected to significantly reduce or nearly eliminate the sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide (SOx, NOx, and CO2) and particulate matter from ship emissions when compared to traditional diesel fuel. The 839-foot Orca Class ships, which operate between Tacoma, Washington State, and Anchorage, Alaska, were designed and built by NASSCO. Both ships were delivered in 2003. TOTE has received a permit providing a conditional waiver from the current Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulfur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4 while the company pursues the conversion of the vessels.