Destination Gotland AB signs LNG Fuel contract with Nauticor GmbH
Ferry operator Destination Gotland AB has signed a contract with Hamburg based Linde Group subsidiary Nauticor GmbH and Company.KG ensuring supply of Liquefied Natural Gas fuel for the ferry service connecting the Swedish minland with the island of Gotland. The 200 m long vessel will have a deadweight capacity of approximately 4,800 tonnes, room for about 1,650 passengers and 1,750 trailer lane meters. Prior to this, LNG fueled RoPax ferry M/S Visborg is currently under construction at China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International initiating operations later this year on that route.
Christer Bruzelius, CEO of Destination Gotland, stated, “We are glad to have found in Nauticor a leading and experienced LNG supplier and partner. We are now able to offer not only a comfortable and safe passage from the mainland to the island of Gotland to our 1,75 million passengers per year, but at the same time contribute to the protection of the environment along the Swedish coast.”
Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor said “Our new LNG bunker vessel will play an important role in developing a tailor made solution for Destination Gotland. Further, we will closely cooperate with our sister company AGA that operates the Linde Group’s LNG terminal in Nynäshamn. Thus, we create a unique supply chain leveraging the expansive LNG assets of the Linde Group in Scandinavia. This marks an important step in the development of a stable supply of LNG for the shipping industry in North Sea and Baltic Sea.”