Germany’s AG Ems to deploy converted LNG ferry

German ferry operator AG Ems will soon put in use its third LNG-powered passenger ferry as conversion works progress in the Netherlands.

Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander said the 1986-built Münsterland left the dock location in Delfzijl on Tuesday.

The shipyard said it would complete the final phase of the conversion works at the inner dike location of the Groningen shipyard.

Niestern Sander started building the vessel’s new aft in May 2020, while the vessel arrived at its yard in January.

The works included adding dual-fuel engines, an LNG storage tank, installations, pipelines, and other systems. The vessel now features two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel generating sets and its LNGPac system.

Following completion in the summer, Münsterland will join sister ship Ostfriesland, claimed to be Europe’s first converted LNG ferry. AG Ems also operates Helgoland, Germany’s first newbuild LNG-powered ferry.

AG Ems will put Münsterland back into service between the Dutch Eemshaven to the German island of Borkum.

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