March 2 - Effective April 1, 2015, Nor Lines is deploying two new LNG-powered ro-ro vessels to offer a weekly service between Cuxhaven and Norway.

The service will run between Cuxhaven and a large number of Norwegian ports, from the Oslo fjord on the west coast, up to Hammerfest in the north of the country. In addition to rolling cargo, the two LNG-powered vessels - Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos - will also be able to transport containerised and general cargo.

Michael de Reese, ceo of Cuxhaven port operator Cuxport, which is majority owned by logistic company Rhenus, said that the new service will provide customers with opportunity to serve smaller Norwegian ports, and places in the north that are often difficult to reach by road.

The ships, which are approximately 120 m long and 21 m wide, have a capacity of 122 teu, as well as about 1,000 m of deck area for rolling cargoes and a crane with an 80-tonne lifting capacity.