Kongsberg nets contracts for Scottish LNG ferries

Kongsberg Maritime of Norway said it has secured contracts from the Glasgow-based shipbuilder, Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) for two LNG-powered ferries. The two 100 meter ferries are being built by FMEL for Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL).

The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts are worth more than NOK 160 million ($19m), Kongsberg said in its statement on Wednesday.

Kongsberg Maritime, together with its wholly owned subsidiary Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME) will execute the project.

KME will provide all engineering, procurement and project management while Kongsberg Maritime will supply a ‘Full Picture’ system delivery.

The £97 million ($129m) ferries will be ‘dual-fuel’ vessels so they can operate on liquefied natural gas and marine diesel, and are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 HGVs, or a combination of both and up to 1,000 passengers, the statement reads.

The first ferry is expected to enter service in early 2018, with the second vessel following a few months later.

The contracts include supply and integration of the electrical, telecom and integrated control systems, project management, interface management and engineering services at all stages. Cables, installation and installation materials for the above systems are also included, Kongsberg said.

In addition, a significant technology scope of supply includes; switchboards, automation, propulsion control, navigation systems, and radio/satellite communications.