Høglund Marine Solutions is to supply fuel gas supply systems (FGSS) to Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) to be fitted on board Tallink Grupp’s newest LNG powered ropax, ‘MySTAR’.
Høglund will work with Finnish tank manufacturer West Welding to design to supply the systems that will handle the LNG fuel on board ‘MySTAR’, being built by RMC.
Once delivered, ‘MySTAR’ will sail on Tallink’s Tallinn/Helsinki route.
FGSS solution design and engineering is a key challenge for the future development of LNG powered shipping, particularly for passenger vessels, the company said.
The process must take into account complex safety concerns stemming from impacts on the engine cooling system, hazardous area management, and ventilation systems.
Høglund’s FGSS solutions are integrated with the ship’s IAS (integrated automation system), which enables better access to data in the system for playback, analysis and optimisation. It also allows better integration between on board systems, such as alarms, emergency shutdown and power management.
Commenting on this announcement, Børge Nogva, Høglund Marine Solutions CEO, said: “I’m very happy Høglund has been chosen to be the supplier of the FGSS for Tallink Grupp’s newest LNG fuelled vessel ‘MySTAR’. It’s great to see the cruise and ferry operators continue to realise the potential of LNG as a viable fuel option, and we are thrilled to be working with our partners across Scandinavia and the Baltics on this new project.
“It is important to remember that in order to have an effective and efficient LNG vessel, you need a smarter FGSS. At Høglund we combine gas solutions with system automation to put the control of the FGSS at the fingers of the crew, providing improved reliability, efficiency and safety for the FGSS and the vessel. The crew and operators at Tallink will also have peace of mind that the FGSS is backed up with 24/7 technical support,” he said.
Jyrki Heinimaa, RMC President and CEO added: “RMC is happy to include the FGSS by Høglund to its newbuilding NB6003 with the trust that Høglund will provide a sophisticated and reliable solution in time to our dear customer for its newest shuttle ferry ‘MySTAR’”.
Capt Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management at Tallink Grupp also said: “Tallink Grupp is continuously looking for ways to bring innovative and green solutions both onto the Baltic Sea and to shipping in general. So, it is great to work with companies like Høglund who also have innovation and environmentally friendly solutions at the heart of their business and together we can work towards achieving sustainable shipping goals.”
Following Tallink’s latest vessel, ‘Megastar’, the new shuttle ferry ‘MyStar’ will be dual fuel operated. She will have an overall length of 212 m and a pax capacity of 2,800.
Delivery is scheduled for January, 2022 and production will start during spring of this year.