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Bestobell valves in the fast lane!

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The trimaran "Francisco"

The trimaran “Francisco”

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 specializes 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.

Mark Henley, Managing Director of PEGL, said: “It is fantastic to hear that a vessel we have supplied with cryogenic valves has made such an amazing achievement.  We are continually pushing the boundaries in valve design and technology as part of strategy to produce world class products.”????

Bestobell Valves is a world-leader in the manufacture of LNG cryogenic valves, with over 50 years industrial gas experience and 15 years’ successfully supplying to LNG marine markets.  The company’s valve technologies are widely used on LNG Carriers, FLNG (Floating Production & Storage Units) and FSRUs (Floating, Storage & Re-gasification Units).  The company designs and produces valves to meet specific requirements in the marine sector and has supplied cryogenic valves to a majority of the major shipyards building LNG Carriers.

The company has recently become a member of the British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA) as part of its ongoing innovation in pioneering stainless steel for the production of cryogenic valves.

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