Our sister ships, MS Bergensfjord and MS Stavangerfjord, are powered by eco-friendly LNG (liquid natural gas). This innovative technology brings with it significant environmental benefits. The exhaust fumes from the on-board LNG engines are entirely free of sulphur and soot and so do not emit any visible smoke. Carbon emissions are 20-25% lower than from diesel engines, and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are reduced as much as 92%.
This eco-friendly technology also means significantly less noise than you normally get from large diesel engines. This is something that will benefit both our surroundings and our ears.
This new and eco-friendly technology means that the sister ships received the highest ESI (Environmental Ship Index) in 2015. This occurred in competition with about 3,200 other ships. In June 2013, Fjord Line was awarded a prize for energy efficiency. We are very proud of this.
At the forefront with our own modern LNG facility
Naturally, we would also like to get ahead of future emission regulations. This is one of the reasons why, in March 2015, we started using one of the world’s most modern fuel plants in Risavika Port outside Stavanger. The system consists of a 650 m long underground pipeline that transports the green fuel from the factory via the terminal in Risavika to the ships. Fjord Line is actually the first ferry company in Europe to supply its ships with LNG in this way.
Own power plant on board
The sister ships produce their own electricity by converting waste heat from the exhaust gas into steam-generated energy. Thus, MS Bergensfjord and MS Stavangerfjord cover their electricity needs for cabins and communal areas, thanks to energy that could hardly have a smaller carbon footprint!
The main environmental benefits of LNG compared to heavy crude oil are:
- A 92% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions
- A 23% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
- A 100% reduction in sulphur emissions
- A 98% reduction in particle matter emissions