Pioneering Viking Grace Ferry Entered Service in 2013
Sweden’s AGA Gas and the Viking Line are celebrating the 1,000th LNG bunkering of the ferry Viking Grace. The world’s first LNG bunker vessel, the converted ferry Seagas, supports the LNG-diesel dual fuel Viking vessel in Stockholm. updated August 29
Viking Grace “attracted global attention as an environmental pioneer by being the first large passenger vessel to run on liquefied natural gas,” states yesterday’s release.
“Seagas supplies the Viking Grace with about 60 tonnes of LNG (upwards of 37,200 gallons or 141 cubic meters) while the vessel is docked in the morning at Stadsgården in central Stockholm,” the operator says.
“Seagas is the first vessel of its kind in the world and is classified according to the same regulations as for ocean-going LNG tankers.”
“Both the technical solution developed by AGA and the vessel’s operation have outperformed expectations, and it is gratifying to note the major benefits for the workplace along with the environmental gains that running on LNG provides,” said Viking Line president and CEO Jan Hanses. “We are really pleased about having used LNG.”
“We are obviously delighted,” said Jonas Åkermark, who is in charge of the LNG marine market at AGA Gas AB. “There is still heavy interest in the Seagas, our ship-to-ship bunkering solution and LNG as a marine fuel both in Sweden and internationally.
“We have a well-functioning infrastructure solution in place in Stockholm and the possibility of bunkering more vessels,” Åkermark said
The 715-foot (218-meter) Viking Grace entered service in early 2013 (HHP Insight, January 19, 2013). The $320 million vessel is powered by four Wärtsilä 8L50DF LNG-diesel dual fuel main engines fed by an LNGPac Wärtsilä fuel system.
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Source: Viking Line with HHP Insight follow-up