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LNG-powered Roro vessel “Faustine” makes maiden call at Port of Gothenburg

22 Dec 2021

Shipping company CLdN’s newly built vessel Faustine on Monday (20 December) made her first call at the Port of Gothenburg. Faustine is the company’s most advanced vessel and can be operated on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biogas.

“We are investing in technologically advanced vessels to reduce climate impact, and Faustine is another step forward on our journey. She has the same capacity as her H5 sister vessels, but due to technical improvements we can optimize the cargo mix more efficiently,” said Emil Holmgren, Country Manager at CLdN.

Faustine is the first of two vessels ordered by CLdN equipped with an LNG, high-pressure, two-stroke, dual-fuel propulsion system that can use liquefied natural gas or biogas (LNG/LBG) or diesel.

The vessel calls at Gothenburg Roro Terminal in the Port of Gothenburg and is deployed on CLdN’s existing traffic between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge.

It is the most recent example of LNG/LBG vessels that have started calling at the Port of Gothenburg to a greater extent in recent years. The fuel is most common in the tanker segment where many shipping companies use Gothenburg as a primary bunker hub for LNG and LBG.

“The importance of Belgian traffic for Swedish foreign trade can not be underestimated and it is very positive that CLdN continues to invest in a new, modern, efficient vessel with good environmental performance,” said Jacob Minnhagen, business developer at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

The port has a long-term strategy to make alternative fuels more available to ships calling at the port. LNG and LBG are some examples, while methanol is another.

The port has also started a feasibility study together with the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, where the goal is to start in-port production of hydrogen. In the long term, electric vessels will be delivered, where Stena Line is the closest with its Elektra vessels, which will start calling and charging at the Port of Gothenburg before 2030.

Fact sheet: M / V Faustine
Vessel type: Roro
Year of construction: 2021
Length: 216.47 m
Width: 32.26 m
Load capacity: 450 trailers and containers
Cargo decks: 5
Adjustable car decks: 2


Photo credit: Gothenburg Port Authority
Published: 22 December, 2021

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