BioMar gets world's first gas-powered cargo ship

A commensurate bulk carrier ship with a 90-percent reduction in NOx-emissions – now that's good news for the environment. The vessel is already on site in Norway and will transport fish feed from BioMar to aquaculture facilities all along the Norwegian coast.

The "MS Høydal" has a carrying capacity of 2,200 tonnes and can do 14 knots. This vessel is a giant leap forward in the development of more environmentally friendly transport solutions.

The ship was developed by NSK Nordnorsk Skipskonsult AS in Harstad, Norway, and is equipped with a new type of Rolls-Royce engines. It runs on liquid natural gas (LNG), a fuel type of which Norway is a major manufacturer. Compared to a regular diesel engine, NOx-emissions are dramatically reduced, and even CO2-emissions are reduced by 25 percent. Reducing NOx-emissions is a key climate target for the Norwegian government.

BioMar first off the mark

Feed manufacturer BioMar will use "MS Høydal" to transport fish feed from its plant at Myre in Vesterålen, Northern Norway. A strategic focus on environmentally friendly transport solutions is part of BioMar's programme for sustainable aquaculture. So far, BioMar is the only company in the fish-farming industry that is certified as sustainable by DNV (Det Norske Veritas).

This certification requires satisfaction of a number of stringent conditions for environmentally friendly and sustainable measures throughout the value chain, from raw materials and feed development, to fish-farming, processing and transport. 

Technology for the future

This new technology is the result of a collaborative effort between NSK Nordnorsk Skipskonsult, Rolls-Royce, Tershan Shipyard in Turkey, BioMar and Norwegian authorities. With this vessel, a lot of the technology required to build environmentally friendly cargo ships is in place, meaning sustainable transport solutions with minimal emissions is now possible.

About "MS Høydal"

The ship is 70 metres long and 16 metres wide. It has a carrying capacity of 2,200 tonnes and is equipped with a crane capable of lifting 50 tonnes. Rolls-Royce's dynamic positioning system allows the ship to unload at the aquaculture facilities without docking. Rolls-Royce has also delivered the world's first pure LNG engine, which drives the propeller via a drive shaft. The engine produces 1620 kW and applies a two-stage combustion process, which yields high performance, low temperatures and minimal emissions.