German ro-pax operator turns to China for new green ship
Lubeck-based ro-pax operator TT-Line has signed a contract for its first dual-fuelled vessel with Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Jinling.
Delivery of the vessel currently referred to as Green Ship is scheduled for 2022, with option for another vessel. The 230m long vessel is to be used in the TT-Line network in the Baltic Sea. The company claims that the vessel will reduce CO2 emissions by around 50% compared to existing vessels.
"Maritime transport is the most environmentally efficient way of transporting goods. TT-Line will set a new standard for reducing harmful emissions by choosing LNG as fuel for its innovative Green Ship. With its advanced and future-oriented technology, Green Ship becomes the most environmentally-friendly ro-pax vessel in our geographical area of activity” said Bernhard J Termühlen, CEO of TT-Line.
TT-Line's new vessels are based on the company's successful Green Ship concept and will accommodate 800 passengers and more than 200 trucks and trailers. Particular attention has been given to the design of the ship in terms of flexibility and fast turnaround calls in ports. "We expect a continued growing demand for short sea transport in the Baltic Sea. With this investment we can meet our customers' needs and support their growth in an even more efficient way. At the same time, this vessel offers a modern and comfortable journey for our passengers in combination with the most environmentally friendly transport solution” said Hanns H Conzen, CEO of TT-Line.
TT-Line currently operates six vessels built between 1995 and 2001 on its network. Unlike the new ship, all six vessels were built in Germany. They have been regularly modernised and updated during the service life and most have been equipped with scrubbers to meet Baltic SECA regulations. The new dual-fuel vessel should not need this option to comply.