Fastest LNG fuelled ferry

Paul Boughton

Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), has supplied valves to what has become the fastest LNG (liquefied natural gas) fuelled ferry ever built.

The specialist cryogenic valve manufacturer produced 70 globe, check and thermal relief valves, which were supplied to Chart Ferox, a company based in the Czech Republic, which manufactured the fuel system for the ferry.  Bestobell Valves has enjoyed a long working relationship of over 20 years with Chart Ferox, a company which specialises in the manufacture of cryogenic storage vessels.

The vessel supplied, known as ‘Francisco’ has reached a record-breaking speed for a ferry of 66 miles per hour. This makes it the fastest ship worldwide with the ability to carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars. The design of the Francisco with its wave piercing catamaran design, combined with its lightweight strong aluminium construction, has contributed to it achieving these high speeds.

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