MAN Cryo to design Norwegian ferries hydrogen supply system

2024-06-14T22:29:05+00:00 June 14th, 2024|Technology|

MAN Energy Solutions (MES) subsidiary, MAN Cryo has been awarded a contract by Norwegian ferry company, Torghatten Nord, to work on a project encompassing the design and engineering of two hydrogen-powered newbuilding ropaxes.

The project stems from a Norwegian Government initiative for vessels operating on the challenging mainland/Lofoten Islands crossing to become emissions free.

MAN Cryo claims to be a leading expert on engineering solutions for cryogenic equipment for the storage, distribution, and handling of gasses.

The company will provide the detail design for bunkering systems, hydrogen piping and vent masts for the vessels.

In addition, MAN Cryo will act as system integrator for the hydrogen process plant, co-ordinating with other major suppliers in the project.

Earlier, Torghatten Nord had won the ‘Bodø/Værøy/Røst – Moskenes’ ferry tender in northern Norway.

As a result, two new vessels, designed by The Norwegian Ship Design Co, will have their hulls built by the Turkish Cemre shipyard and they will then be towed to Myklebust shipyard in Norway for outfitting.

All of the hydrogen equipment will be installed in Norway.

Both vessels are set for delivery to Torghatten Nord in 2026.

Eirik Olsen, Torghatten Nord’s Operational Director, said: “We are very pleased to have signed this contract with MAN Cryo. By this contract, we have extended our co-operation from LNG to also include hydrogen.”

Gjermund Johannessen, The Norwegian Ship Design Company CEO, added: “We have been working with MAN Cryo on several projects in the past, and we know it as a forward thinking and solution oriented company. We look forward to continuing our good collaboration with MAN Cryo and to bring their gas expertise on board the prestigious hydrogen ferry projects for Torghatten Nord.”

Henrik Malm, Managing Director, MES Sweden, commented: “This new order underscores MAN Energy Solutions’ leadership within developing future-fuel systems for the maritime sector.

“With a strong focus on advanced engineering, tailored design and seamless integration capabilities, our specialist team at MAN Cryo is setting new standards in sustainable marine operations. In this way, we are contributing significantly to ‘Moving Big Things to Zero,’ testament to our vision for a cleaner, greener maritime future where innovation leads the way in reducing ecological footprints.

“Torghatten Nord is set to revolutionise ferry transportation with these vessels powered by green hydrogen, which will be a critical step towards achieving zero-emission operation,” he said.