Wärtsilä power for high-speed LNG catamaran

Baleària’s new high-speed catamaran will apparently be the largest such vessel to operate on LNG Photo: Baleària Baleària’s new high-speed catamaran will apparently be the largest such vessel to operate on LNG Photo: Baleària
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What has been called the largest ever high-speed catamaran built to operate on LNG fuel will feature a fully integrated scope of supply from Wärtsilä.

The 125-metre long vessel, being built at the Armon Gijón shipyard in Spain for Spanish ferry operator Baleària, will be equipped with Wärtsilä engines, waterjets and an LNG fuel storage and supply system, together with all the related auxiliary systems.

“High efficiency, reduced operating costs, and environmental sustainability were the key values in the design of this exciting new high-speed ferry,” said Stefan Wiik, Vice President, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä.

“This project redefines the conventional standard for this type of vessel, enabling ‘greener’ operations and lower lifecycle operating costs.”

High efficiency

The vessel will operate on four highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines, four Wärtsilä waterjets and the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel gas storage and supply system.

It will have a service speed of 35 knots and a top speed of more than 40 knots. The storage tanks give the ferry a range of 400 nautical miles. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter half of 2019.

When delivered, the ferry will be capable of carrying 1200 passengers and 500 cars, or trucks covering a length of 500 metres plus 250 cars.

Baleària will invest €90 million in the construction of this fast ferry which is scheduled to start the aluminium cut next December and to enter into service in summer of 2020.


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