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Schiffstechnik | Ship Technology More than innovative LNG technology FSG’s recent RoRo newbuilding »Searoad Mersey II« was applauded in the industry primarily for its innovative LNG trailer technology. For good reasons. However, other features are no less important, writes Michael Meyer 50 HANSA International Maritime Journal – 154. Jahrgang – 2017 – Nr. 2

Ships Made in Germany Schiffstechnik | Ship Technology The award »Ship of the year« was given by HANSA for the combination of the first-ever LNG system with trailers as rolling tanks and a highly effcient hull design, leading to a better cargo intake at lower weight. The Flensburger Schiffau-Gesellschaft was chosen for this year’s award because of both its in-house engineering expertise and the bravery to break new ground. LNG has not yet seen the breakthrough as a fuel in the maritime industry it was predicted to see since several years. However, this is primarily due to the lack of suffcient bunkering infrastructure and not least due to the huge financial problems, ship owners are facing for years now, hindering them from realizing newbuilding projects with LNG. The technology itself and its use for shipping is no miracle anymore. The question is more how to specify and integrate it in specific vessel segments. Creativity is needed. Bearing this in mind, RoRo operator SeaRoad approached FSG. And obviously theyfound a partner with whom they managed to find a taylor-made solution for their specific demand. At last, the discussions led to a solution which both parties applaud. The eventual bunkering marks the last step in the process developed. The most important part of it are trailers carrying 43 m3 tanks with LNG. Since Australia has significant LNG reserves these trailers can easily be loaded ashore at an LNG plant. Thereafter, they are transported by road and finally loaded on board the vessel. On the aft part of the upper deck, a special garage is located. SeaRoad and FSG – a subsidiary of Norwegian Siem Group – estimate this LNG system to be a major advantage as both costs and space for fixed tanks can be saved. At the same time it provides additional flexibility in port infrastructures where no reliable LNG bunkering can be provided. Photo: FSG HANSA International Maritime Journal – 154. Jahrgang – 2017 – Nr. 2 51

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