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Aft ship Münsterland removed and transported

25 January 2021
Aft ship Münsterland removed and transported

Last Friday, the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard removed the aft ship of the passenger ship Münsterland. Subsequently, the 300-ton aft ship was transported to Groningen. This transport is part of an LNG conversion project. The old systems and installations are being dismantled in a sustainable manner and recycled as much as possible.

The passenger ship of AG Ems already arrived at the dock location of Niestern Sander in early January. After the ship was put dry in dock 1, the steel cutting of the ship could begin. After this careful process and after the aft ship was separated from the ship, a pontoon was placed in line with the dock. The aft ship was placed on this pontoon with self-propelled modular trailers in order to be transported.

To replace the old aft ship, Royal Niestern Sander has designed and built a completely new aft ship, including dual fuel engines, LNG storage tank, propulsion, all LNG installations, pipes and other systems. This new aft ship is expected to be shipped to the Münsterland for installation mid-week.

Combination Ship Building and Ship Repair

Niestern Sander’s project approach is based on the two pillars of the company: shipbuilding and ship repair. Due to the combination of new shipbuilding and ship repair, the majority of the conversion operation takes place physically at the shipbuilding yard, without the need for the repair dock. The Münsterland will be put into service with LNG propulsion in June.

For this innovation process, Niestern Sander will receive a contribution from the European Fund for Regional Development of the European Union.