Work starts on AG Ems LNG ferry conversion

Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander has started building a new aft for passenger ferry that will be converted to run on LNG for German ferry operator AG Ems.

The two companies signed a deal to convert the 1986-built Münsterland passenger ferry in July last year.

Besides building a brand new aft, the works include adding dual-fuel engines, LNG storage tanks, installations, pipelines, and other systems.

The European Regional Development Fund of the European Union is backing the conversion project.

This is not the first LNG-powered ferry for AG Ems. The German company has been operating two such vessels since 2015, namely Ostfriesland and Helgoland.

Ostfriesland, a sister-ship of Münsterland, is Europe’s first converted LNG ferry while Helgoland is Germany’s first newbuild LNG-powered ferry.

AG Ems will put the Münsterland back into service between the Dutch Eemshaven to the German Wadden Sea island Borkum in the start of summer-schedule at Easter 2021.

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