Finland's RMC starts work on LNG-powered ferries
Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has started the construction of the first of the two LNG-powered RoPax ferries for Australian shipping company Spirit of Tasmania, it said on February 28.
When finished, they will be the southernmost vessels to operate with LNG. In addition, the vessels will have a dual fuel solution, which will allow them to use other alternative fuels if needed. The two ferries will sail on an open sea route between mainland Australia and the island of Tasmania.
The vessels will hold 1,800 passengers each and their gross tonnage will be approximately 48,000 metric tons. The new vessels will replace similarly Finnish-built sister ships from the 1990s. The first vessel will be finished in late 2023 and the second in late 2024.