SeaRoad Shipping’s Mersey II to begin sea trial


The ship is expected to reach Australia in December

SeaRoad Shipping’s Mersey II to begin sea trial
It is the first ship in Australia to use liquefied natural gas fuel-and-power technology.

 

SeaRoad Shipping’s new ship is all set to begin sea trials in the Baltic Sea off the coasts of Germany and Norway before embarking on its planned journey to Australia later this year.

The ship will service Bass Strait and is the first in Australia to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel-and-power technology.

It is the first pure dry cargo ship globally to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.

At the end of the trial, which is expected to last four-five days, Searoad Mersey II will return to Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for fine-tuning and finishing work before being officially handed over to SeaRoad at the end of the month.

The company states that the new $110 million ship will enter service on Bass Strait using marine diesel oil (MDO) but will fully convert to LNG fuel in the first quarter of 2017, following which it will use LNG for ship operations 99 per cent of the time.

In mid-September Searoad Mersey II made its first voyage under its own power, sailing from Flensburg in northern Germany to a drydock at Odense in neighbouring Denmark for the application and curing of silicon underwater coatings.

During that time the gas system that will provide the ship’s environmentally-friendly LNG (liquefied natural gas) power to the main and auxiliary engines was commissioned, with the first gas trial undertaken successfully on October 4.

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