LNG Powers New Stavangerfjord and Bergensfjord – Le Soléal Delivered to Ponant – Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Almost Ready

THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 1st July 2013

le-solealTwo notable new ferries, the 20,000-ton Stavangerfjord and Bergensfjord, are in the process of beng placed into service between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals in Denmark, with a day voyage back to Langesund. They are notable as being the first important passenger ships in the world to depend solely on liquified natural gas (LNG) for fuel. With the imposition of a new 0.1% sulphur limit within the Emission Control Areas of Europe and North America in 2015, cruise ships are sure to follow, as LNG means lower emissions of CO2, Nox and Sox. In Ancona last week, Fincantieri delivered Le Soléal (above), the third in a series of 10,950-ton niche cruise ships to Compagnie du Ponant. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong.preparations go ahead for the opening of the new Kai Tak cruise terminal to serve the Chinese cruise market from this October. Royal Caribbean, Cruises Ltd, which has a 20% interest in Kai Tak, expects to carry 200,000 Chinese on its own ships this year.

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Above: Stavangerfjord 1918 – 1963. Below the new Stavangerfjord (photo courtesy http://www.espengees.com)