Wärtsilä engines for LNG ferry

21 Aug 2013
The new ferry will be one of the smallest vessels to be powered by Wärtsilä 20DF engines

The new ferry will be one of the smallest vessels to be powered by Wärtsilä 20DF engines

The first Danish domestic ferry to be run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) is to be powered by four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines.

Wärtsilä is to supply the main propulsion generating sets for a new, double-ended ferry, which is setting an environmental benchmark for inland ferries, with other municipalities and governmental bodies following suit.

The engines will run on LNG, so will have extremely low emission levels. The dual-fuel technology allows for an easy switch to conventional marine fuels if necessary, providing the operator with a high level of redundancy.

Aaron Bresnahan, vice president, sales, Wartsila Ship Power, said: “The overriding priorities for the owners were to achieve the highest possible level of operational reliability to support the local business, but with focus on environmental sustainability, which means to ensure excellent overall efficiency in energy consumption. By selecting Wärtsilä technology these aims will be met, and we are delighted to be a partner in this trend-setting project.”

The new ferry, which was designed by the Danish OSK-Ship Tech AS and will be built for the Danish municipality, Samsø Kommune, will be one of the smallest vessels to be powered by Wärtsilä20DF engines.

It will operate between Jutland and the island of Samsø and will carry passengers, cars and trucks.

Bunkering of the LNG is planned to take place in the Hou harbour in Jutland and the vessel is expected to be operational by 2014.

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