M / F Glutra - Ship history of natural gas

Here is the story of the world's first commercial vessel with clean LNG operations, M / F Glutra. Gas & Diesel Power made the gas generators that drive the electric propulsion system.

Early in 1998 the shipowner Møre and Romsdal County Boats (now Fjord 1) made market enquiries to see if anyone could provide gas-powered machinery to a new ferry for them. They wanted to minimize their emissions of NOx to reduce local environmental pollution.

Rock in the sea

The result was that many suppliers replied that they were interested in delivering, but this gas powerd requirement was not so easy. Closer examination showed that no one had done this before. The technology did not exist. The challenge created great interest in Gas & Diesel Power.

At the end of 1998-1999, we conducted a test in collaboration with an engineer at Mitsubishi in the Netherlands. Test results confirmed that the solution we had prepared worked. We then signed a contract with the shipyard Aker Langsten AS spring 1999.

Pioneering work

Our engineers built generators and control systems for M/F Glutra. The main technical developement lay in bringing down the response time, ie getting gas engine to respond quickly and powerfully enough during maneuvering.

Since the technology was new, there were no rules and procedures. They were developed in parallel with the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and the Norwegian Veritas.

In the autumn of 1999, we handed over four gas gensets at 650 kWe to the yard. The ferry was ready for operation in January 2000.

The success continues

Following the launchin February 2000, M/F Glutra entered normal ferry operations at Moldefjorden. Initially having a capacity of 86 cars and 300 passengers, in 2011 she was extended to a capacity of 124 cars. The original gas generators from Gas & Diesel Power are still in operation.

After M/F Glutra Gas & Diesel Power have delivered a number of successful LNG-projects, 15 vessels with 42 gass engines are today running.

A new standard

Since its launch, M/F Glutra been visited by many engineers from around the world and sets the standard for gas electric propulsion at sea.

Now the technological challenge is solved. Further growth in gas engines will be determined by the price of LNG. With competitive LNG pricing and availability, we believe LNG as a power source could significantly reduce environmental pollution, particularly in terms of far lower emissions of NOx and harmful particulates.