Wärtsilä power for MacBrayne ferry

21 Jan 2013
A Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engine package has been chosen for CMAL’s latest newbuild

A Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engine package has been chosen for CMAL’s latest newbuild

Wärtsilä will supply the main engines and auxiliary generating sets for a new ro-pax vessel for Scottish operator Caledonian MacBrayne, being built at FSG in Germany.

The ship is designed to carry 700 passengers and 143 cars or 26 trucks. It was ordered by Lloyds Banking Group for leasing to Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), and is scheduled to enter service in 2014.

The yard needed engines that were compact and light in weight, as well as being commercially competitive. Wärtsilä says that the chosen package, of two 8-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 32 main engines and three 8-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 20 gensets, has a total weight of 151.4 tons, claimed to be the lowest in this class. The low overall weight of the ship means that it can carry a relatively high payload, with favourable fuel efficiency and low emissions. Because the new ferry will replace two existing ships on the route between the Scottish mainland and the Isle of Lewis, it must be capable of round-the-clock operation.

"CMAL is a progressive, forward-looking company focused on design optimisation for lowest emission, lowest fuel consumption and best vessel availability. This approach is a perfect match with Wärtsilä's strategy. We have worked closely with both the owner and the yard earlier, and we have been privileged to work with them again on this project," said Aaron Bresnahan, vice-president, Wärtsilä Ship Power sales.

Andrew Duncan, director of vessels at CMAL, commented: "We are pleased to announce that Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engines are to be installed on the new build ferry currently being designed at Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft. The engines were selected as the most suitable for the project due to their overall performance in terms of fuel consumption, emissions, weight and size."

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