MAN Cryo wins order for hydrogen ferries

In Norway, the reduction of emissions in shipping is being driven forward. As part of this, the ferry company Torghatten Nord is having two hydrogen-powered RoPax ferries built.

MAN Cryo, part of MAN Energy Solutions, is involved in the project. The MAN division, which specialises in cryogenic systems for the storage, distribution and handling of gases, will be responsible for the detailed planning of bunker systems, hydrogen pipelines and venting masts for the ships. In addition, MAN Cryo will act as the system integrator for the hydrogen plant and coordinate the cooperation with other key suppliers in the project.

Hull to be built in Turkey

The project is reportedly based on an initiative by the Norwegian government. This aims to make large ships on the route between the mainland and the Lofoten Islands emission-free.

Torghatten Nord won the tender for the Bodø – Værøy – Røst – Moskenes ferry route in northern Norway. Two new ships, designed by the Norwegian Ship Design Company, will gradually be deployed on the route.

The hull will be built by the Cemre shipyard in Turkey, then towed to the Myklebust shipyard in Norway and fitted out there. The entire hydrogen equipment will also be installed in Norway. Both ships will run on green, compressed hydrogen and are scheduled for delivery to Torghatten Nord A/S in 2026.

Not the first project of this kind for MAN Cryo

Eirik Olsen, Operational Director of Torghatten Nord AS, comments on the project: “We are very pleased to have signed this contract with MAN Cryo. With this contract, we have expanded our cooperation from LNG to hydrogen.”

And Gjermund Johannessen, CEO of Norwegian Ship Design Company, adds: “We have worked with MAN Cryo on several projects in the past and highly value the company as a forward-looking and solution-oriented partner. We look forward to continuing our good cooperation with MAN Cryo and bringing their gas expertise to the renowned hydrogen projects for Torghatten Nord.”

MAN Cryo / Torgatten
The ferries will be used on the Bodø – Værøy – Røst – Moskenes ferry route in northern Norway

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Caption: The ferries will be used on the Bodø - Værøy - Røst - Moskenes ferry route in northern Norway