To ensure maximum efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance over the entire lifecycle of the installation, Wärtsilä’s solutions are customized to meet specific ship design and operational requirements.
Our range of offerings for ferries and Ro-Pax vessels is constantly being developed. Our aim is to be a provider of integrated solutions rather than a seller of components. These solutions are based on well proven concepts, and are tailor-made to fit specific customer requirements with highly efficient systems that fulfil current and anticipated environmental legislation. It was as a result of our Krystallon scrubber, applied to an auxiliary engine during trials on board the P&O Ferries ship ‘Pride of Kent’, that led both the IMO and the EU to bring emissions abatement technology into the legislative framework.
LNG fuel technology
Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel technology and technical solutions to store and handle LNG on board are integral to satisfying demand for a new generation of low emissions vessels powered by natural gas. With extensive experience in this field, our gas systems business has recognised the growing potential for ferries and ro-pax vessels.
Leader in diesel-electric machinery
Diesel-electric machinery offers some clear benefits compared to mechanical propulsion. For instance, the generating sets can be arranged quite freely, which can make it possible to increase cargo capacity. Correctly dimensioned diesel-electric machinery makes it possible to run the diesel engines close to optimum load in all operational modes. This gives better engine performance and lower fuel consumption. The installed power can also be used for many different purposes, while less total power can be needed.
Low Loss Concept
The Low Loss Concept developed by Wärtsilä saves both fuel and installation costs, reduces emissions, and lessens the amount of space required for component installation. This innovation also delivers greater redundancy in the electrical propulsion system, and makes the commissioning work easier.
Noise and vibration abatement
We provide a viable solution for abating noise with advanced flexible mountings, which have many advantages in demanding ferry installations. Together with our Compact Silencer System (CSS), these offer a truly noise-free solution. Wärtsilä propellers are also designed to offer low noise and vibration levels.
Natural choice for environmentally sound shipping
Direct environmental and economic benefits are a feature of Wärtsilä solutions throughout the entire engine power range. Fuel flexibility enables owners and operators to opt for the most suitable fuel, taking into account local environmental restrictions, fuel price variations, and fuel bunkering possibilities. A unique feature of Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines is their ability to run on natural gas, marine diesel oil (MDO), heavy fuel oil (HFO) and liquid biofuels, thereby providing maximum flexibility in fuel choice.
Wärtsilä plug in hybrid systems
Wärtsilä provides complete concepts for electrical and hybrid ferries. The ferries are designed to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration. In plug-in electrical operation, the fuel consumption is reduced by 100 percent compared to conventional installations, and all local emissions are completely eliminated. With the plug-in hybrid configuration, emissions are reduced by up to 50 percent.