Volvo Penta Engines In Clean Design Ferry

Norway's M/F Nordfjord is reportedly the world's first ferry that fulfills requirements for the "Clean Design" classification. Among the strict demands of clean design are low-level emissions to water and air, as well as a high level of reliability against environmental impact in the event of an accident; the engines on board were supplied by Volvo Penta.

M/F Nordfjord was built at the Fiskerstrand yard, outside Alesund in Norway.

In collaboration with the Multi Maritime consulting company and the customers.

Fylkesbaatene i Sogn and Fjordane developed a concept for environmentally friendly ferries. The requirements for Clean Design classification focus on three types of emissions: • Operational emissions to the air • Operational emissions to the water • Emissions in conjunction with an accident or shipwreck The ferry that was delivered in January 2002 will operate within scheduled traffic on the Norwegian west coast, transporting cars and passengers. The emissions to the air are restricted by catalytic converters being fitted to the propulsion engines. In this way, the ferry's total emission of nitrogen dioxides (NOx) can be reduced by as much as 45 percent, which is well within the demands of Clean Design. Double-hulls at all tanks minimizes the risk of emissions in the case of an accident. Propulsion engines and auxiliary engines are duplicated in separate engine rooms. This means that the ferry can retain its maneuver capability even if one of the engine room is damaged.

With all engines on board manufactured by Volvo Penta, propulsion is provided by two D49A MT, 12-cylinder marine diesel engines of 1,040 kW each.

The two generators for the ferry's electrical requirements are each driven by a six-cylinder TAMD103.

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