Australia's SeaRoad orders LNG-fuelled vessel
Tasmanian-based transport company SeaRoad has signed an agreement with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft to construct a new roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel with LNG propulsion worth more than €100mn ($117mn), it said last week.
The new freight vessel will join Searoad Mersey II and replace charter vessel MV Liekut to operate on the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Devonport, scheduled for the last quarter of 2023. The vessel will transport heavy cargo with a unit weight of up to 100 metric tons.
“Construction on the 210 m long vessel will start in late 2021 and the ship will feature the latest technology, including LNG power, as part of SeaRoad’s commitment to sustainable practices,” the company said.
In addition to its two Bass Strait shipping vessels, SeaRoad owns and operates a road transport and container fleet as well as cargo-handling equipment, which the business utilises at its various terminals and depots.