Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fastest Record Breaking LNG Powered RoRo Ferry Uses British Cryogenic Equipment

Technology Crucial to New Generation of Gas Vessels
Shipping News Feature

UK – CZECH REPUBLIC – Sheffield based Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), has supplied valves to what has become the fastest liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled passenger ship ever built, the 450 dwt high-speed RoRo ferry, Francisco. The specialist cryogenic valve manufacturer produced 70 globe, check and thermal relief valves, which were supplied to Chart Ferox, specialists in the manufacture of cryogenic storage vessels based in Děčín, Czech Republic, which manufactured the fuel system for the ferry.

Francisco, operated by Burquebus, has reached a record-breaking speed for a ferry of 66 miles per hour, approximately 57 knots. This makes it the fastest ship worldwide with the ability to carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars. The design of the Francisco with its wave piercing catamaran design, combined with its lightweight strong aluminium construction, has contributed to it achieving these high speeds. Mark Henley, Managing Director of PEGL, said:

“It is fantastic to hear that a vessel we have supplied with cryogenic valves has made such an amazing achievement. We are continually pushing the boundaries in valve design and technology as part of strategy to produce world class products.”

Bestobell Valves is a world-leader in the manufacture of LNG cryogenic valves, with over 50 years industrial gas experience and 15 years’ successfully supplying to LNG marine markets. The company’s valve technologies are widely used on LNG Carriers, FLNG (Floating Production & Storage Units) and FSRUs (Floating, Storage & Re-gasification Units).

The company designs and produces valves to meet specific requirements in the marine sector and has supplied cryogenic valves to a majority of the major shipyards building LNG Carriers. Bestobell Valves has enjoyed a long working relationship of over 20 years with Chart Ferox.

Photo: The record breaking ferry under way.