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Triple name giving ceremony of double-ended fjord ferries at REMONTOWA Group's Northern Shipyard

On November 6, 2010, three ferries for Norwegian owners Fjord1 were named in Gdansk, at Northern Shipyard - the subsidiary of Gdansk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" SA.

 
From Norway, 65 guests took part in the naming ceremony at the shipyard, along with Ambassador Enok Nygaard of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw and representatives of REMONTOWA Group, under the leadership of Jaroslaw Flont and Piotr Soyka. Local guests of honour included Pomeranian Vice Voivode, Michal Owczarczak among the others.
One of the godmothers, performing the ceremony, was Mrs. Danuta Walesa (in glasses, in the middle of the picture below, together with godmothers from Norway) a wife of Lech Walesa - Solidarity trade union leader at famous Gdansk Shipyard (where democratic changes in the Eastern and Central Europe and breaking down of the Berlin wall were triggered), receiver of the Peace Nobel Prize and later the President of Poland.
Walesa is the godmother of Fjord1’s newest gas ferry, Korsfjord, which will operate the busy link between Flakk and Rørvik in the county of Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. Korsfjord was expected to leave the yard a few days after the name giving and flag hoisting ceremony.

 
The two other environmentally friendly ferries, Storfjord and Hjørundfjord, will operate the link between Festøya and Solavåg in the county of Møre og Romsdal, and are expected to start in February and March 2011. Similarly and parallelly to Korsfjord, they were christened, with traditional bottle of champagne broken against the ships' sides, by Åshild Støbakk, wife of Fjord1 NVL board member and Karin Arild Dahl, wife of Fjord1 NVL board member, respectively. With these new ferries, Fjord1 will have a total of 68 ferries in operation along the Norwegian coast.
The region of Trøndelag will thus boast a unique range of eco-friendly ferries: Glutra, the world’s first gas ferry, Tresfjord, the world’s first ferry rebuilt for gas operation, and Korsfjord, the world’s newest gas ferry. For passengers on the Flakk-Rørvik route in Sør-Trøndelag, the gas ferries will offer an eco-friendly means of transport with its significantly reduced emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx).
- Compared with conventional, diesel-powered ferries, our gas ferries reduce NOx emissions by around 90 percent. On the Flakk-Rørvik route, this gives a NOx reduction equivalent to taking around half of all registered cars in Trondheim off the roads - says Anker Grøvdal, CEO of Fjord1 MRF. Emissions of smoke and soot particles will virtually disappear. - Because natural gas is a clean fuel, it will eliminate virtually all emissions of particles and sulphur - says Grøvdal. He also points out that CO2 will be reduced by over 20 percent compared with diesel-powered ferries. Furthermore, the choice of hull design, propulsion system and optimisation of propellers are all important factors for further environmental savings.
For passengers on the Festøya-Solavåg route in Møre og Romsdal, the new ferries will offer a significantly better means of transport with a capacity of 116 cars - a 67 percent increase over present capacity. The new ferries feature state-of-the-art engine technology, which means fewer emissions. The company has also started a pilot project, testing a new, eco-friendly, low-friction antifouling on one of the ferries for additional environmental benefits. Less fouling on the hull and a smoother surface means less resistance, and thereby greater fuel economy and further reductions in emissions.



Fjord1 is a world pioneer in using natural gas as a ferry fuel, and will operate 11 large gas ferries beginning in 2011. Fjord1 installed the world’s first gas ferry, Glutra, in Møre og Romsdal in 2000, and is still the only company to operate gas-powered car ferries. Since 2007, Fjord1’s ferry routes along Kyststamvegen in the counties of Rogaland and Hordaland have been operated by five such ferries. This year, the three new gas ferries, Moldefjord, Fannefjord and Romsdalsfjord - all built by REMONTOWA Group, were commissioned on the Molde-Vestnes route (see also: http://www.remontowa.com.pl/index.php?n=527).
It is worth mentioning that the first unit in this series built by Remontowa - Moldefjord - was awarded the Green Ship of the Year 2010 accolade. Gdansk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" SA was among six short-listed entries for the Green Ship Technology Awards 2010 (one of the three short-listed nominees in Green Ship of the Year award category, along with Rolls-Royce Marine's Far Samson offshore vessel and Samsung Heavy Industries' GDF Suez Neptune shuttle and regasification LNG carrier). The environmentally-friendly, LNG fuelled, double-ended ferry Moldefjord, delivered late November 2009 and opening a series of four similar ships built at Gdansk based Northern Shipyard (Stocznia Polnocna SA, member of REMONTOWA Group) to the order of "Remontowa" SA for Norwegian Owners Fjord1 MRF AS (Fjord1 Møre og Romsdal Fylkesbåtar) was proclaimed one of the two winners of Green Ship of the Year award (along with LNG carrier from Samsung) at a gala dinner during the 7th edition of Green Ship Technology Conference organised by Informa Maritime Events (member of Informa group, known also as a publisher of "Lloyd's List"), taking place in Copenhagen, on 16 and 17 March 2010. Green Ship Technology Award, a prize instituted by Lloyd’s List events to recognize efforts in maintaining the marine environment and mitigating the environmental effects of the shipping industry, was first presented in 2007.
REMONTOWA Group's Client - Fjord1 - is one of Norway’s largest public transport groups, with core operations on car ferries, passenger and express ferries, buses, tourism and goods transport. Altogether, the Fjord1 companies operate 68 car ferries, 16 passenger- and express ferries and more than 500 buses and goods vehicles, and transported in 2008 approx. 28 million passengers and 8.7 million vehicles. The Fjord1 Corporation has about 2300 employees and had a turnover of approx. NOK 2.8 billion in 2008. The company is headquartered in Florø.



The four LNG fuelled ferries from the series initiated by Moldefjord and including the Korsfjord - christened on November 6 (described here: http://www.remontowa.com.pl/index.php?n=502, have been designed by LMG of Bergen, Norway (conceptual and initial design) and REMONTOWA Group (final design / workshop drawings). The two conventional ferries - Storfjord and Hjørundfjord - have been entirely designed at REMONTOWA Group's ship design offices.
The construction and delivery of four LNG fuelled and two conventional double-ended car and passenger ferries has not been the only job entrusted recently by Fjord1 to REMONTOWA Group. At the turn of November and December 2011 the world's first LNG fuelled ferry, Glutra, is expected to leave Remontowa SA after ship lengthening (with over 20 m long section) accomplished there.
REMONTOWA Group has already worked for Fjord1 before, delivering double-ended ferries Eira and Volda in 2002.


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