NAP Engineering and Helengi Engineering, in cooperation with Blue Star Ferries, this week presented the design of a new LNG-powered vessel to be operated by the latter.
The cutting-edge design was unveiled at the Power and Propulsion Alternatives for Ships conference, organized by the renowned Royal Institution of Naval Architects on Wednesday in Rotterdam.
This design work is included within the framework of the Poseidon MED II program, which promotes the use of LNG as marine fuel in the eastern Mediterranean, and which is co-funded by the European Union. The three Greek companies are partners in the Poseidon MED II program.
The overall length of the vessel will be 145 meters, with a normal passenger capacity of 1,400 and a carrying capacity of 1,000 lane meters. Moreover, the vessel will comply with Safe Return to Port and IGF Code Rules and Regulations (SOLAS).
Special mention was made of the collaboration between NAP Engineering and the US company HydroComp Inc., which specializes in hydrodynamics, and whose work includes the innovative design of the ship's hull which. In conjunction with the installation and use of LNG, the vessel is projected to ultimately achieve a 10-percent reduction in resistance and a 34-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared with diesel-powered ships.
HydroComp Inc. presented its optimization work at the conference.
The comprehensive design of the ship was completed by the program partners and has already received an approval-in-principle from Lloyds Register.