Fjord1, a Norwegian transportation company, has launched the MF Boknafjord, the largest gas-powered ferry in the world. The ship, delivered by Fiskerstrand BLRT AS, will serve on the Boknafjord Rogaland County route Arsvagen-Mortavika.
Designed by Multi Maritime AS in Forde, Western Norway, the ferry has a total length of 129.9m, is 19.2m wide at its widest point, and can carry 242 passenger cars or 22 heavy goods vehicles (trucks/trailers) in combination with passenger cars. The ferry carries 600 people in total (including staff).
The ship uses four azimuth thrusters that are run on a gas-electric system using three large liquefied natural gas (LNG) motors and alternators. Its service speed is about 20 knots.
The ferry’s hull design and engine technologies allow it to be more fuel frugal and lower its overall methane emissions. Particulates and sulfur emissions are almost non-existent.
The new ferry joins Fjord1′s current gas ferry, the world’s first, the Glutra.