Baleària chooses Wärtsilä for Mediterranean LNG first
Wärtsilä has signed a contract for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation on a new RoRo passenger ferry.
The deal has been signed with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain and there is an option for a second vessel.
Being built for Spanish owner Baleària, the vessel will be the first gas-propelled RoRo passenger ferry operating in the Mediterranean Sea, and among the largest ferries in Europe.
Aaron Bresnahan, vice president of sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: "Baleària, the owners of this new ferry, appreciate the importance of LNG fuel in providing a cleaner marine environment.”
He added: “Wärtsilä, with a track record of more than 1500 gas fuelled engines with 16 million running hours, has by far the most experience in dual fuel power and propulsion installations.”
“Furthermore, our capability to assume responsibility for the combined ship systems, plus our strong service support and training facilities were other important considerations.”
Wärtsilä will also provide inclusive project support services to the yard, including integration engineering and on-site consulting, as well as commissioning of the combined systems.
It has a length of 232m and a capacity for 331 vehicles and 1700 passengers – of which 70% can be accommodated in cabins. Stringent standards to reduce noise and vibration will be applied to Wärtsilä's main and auxiliary engines, propellers, and manoeuvring thrusters.
By sailing on natural gas, Wärtsilä's LNG solution will reduce CO2 emissions by 25%, NOx emissions by 85%, while sulphur and particulate matter are virtually eliminated.
"In our current order book at LaNaval, we have two vessels that will be powered by dual-fuel engines: a multi-purpose cable laying vessel and this Ro-Pax vessel for Baleària.,” said Javier Angulo, deputy managing director and sales director at LaNaval.
He concluded: “For both ships, LaNaval has selected Wärtsilä as the supplier of the DF engines, and we have also chosen the company's LNGPac fuel system. We made this decision based on Wärtsilä's experience in dual-fuel technology.”
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