Newbuild high speed LNG ferry
A new passenger ferry being built for Swedish operator Rederi AB Gotland will be the first Swedish flagged LNG powered passenger vessel and claimed to be the world's first LNG fuelled high speed ro-pax ferry.
The ferry will be equipped with a Wärtsilä integrated solution includes a complete LNG powered propulsion and fuel storage and supply system, as well as comprehensive project services.
Wilco van der Linden, director business development, merchant cruise and ferry at Wärtsilä Solutions, said: “Together with Guangzhou Shipyard International in China and Danish designers OSK-Shiptech, we will realise the first of an entirely new generation of fast, yet environmentally sound RoPax ferries.”
This 200m long vessel being built at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) yard in China and when delivered, will sail between the Swedish mainland and the island of Gotland.
It will comply with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Tier III regulations regarding emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Furthermore, it will meet the sulphur (SOx) emissions limitations required for operating in the Northern European sulphur emissions controlled areas (SECA), along with the requirements of the IMO's recently agreed IGF Code regarding the safety of LNG fuelled ships.
Wärtsilä and GSI have successfully cooperated for many years on projects involving various types of vessels, but this is the first project between the companies involving an LNG fuelled ship.
Wärtsilä's scope of responsibility includes four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, two gearboxes, two controllable pitch propellers (CPPs) with remote control system, two Energopac rudders, two tunnel thrusters, four Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary generating sets, two Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel gas handling systems, gas valve units, a compact silencer system (CSS), an IMO approved Wärtsilä Aquarius UV ballast water management system.
Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment will begin at the end of 2015 and the ship is scheduled to go into operation in 2017.
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