This extension to the delivery contract awarded to Wärtsilä further contributes to the vessel being the industry’s most environmentally sound and energy efficient large passenger vessel to date.
Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions provider, has been awarded a contract by shipbuilding company STX Finland Oy to supply additional equipment for the world’s biggest LNG fuelled passenger ferry. The ship is to be built for Viking Line, a Finnish owner, and the extension contract covers onboard LNG (liquefied natural gas) storage and supply systems (LNGPac) and an advanced Compact Silencer System (CSS).
Earlier in 2011, Wärtsilä had received an order to deliver four gas-fuelled main engines and propulsion machinery for the same vessel, which will sail the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. The ship will be built at the STX Turku shipyard, in Finland, and is scheduled to enter service in 2013. STX Finland is part of the international STX Europe Group.
The LNGPac comprises onboard liquid natural gas bunkering, two storage tanks, and handling equipment with related safety and automation systems. These systems have been innovated and developed by Wärtsilä. The scope of supply also includes a patented cold recovery system, which utilizes the latent heat of LNG for the air conditioning systems. By reducing electrical consumption from the cooling compressors, the cold recovery system brings significant operational savings and overall increased vessel efficiency.
The technology of the Compact Silencer System enables noise emissions from the engines to be minimized. In particular, disturbing low frequencies will be eliminated. This silent operation is an important element of the specifications, not only for passenger comfort, but also because of the ship’s sailing route through the islands of the Turku and Stockholm archipelagos.
The use of Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel engine technology will enable this ferry to sail without restrictions in Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) and Nitrogen Emission Control Areas (NECAs). Natural gas is the most environmentally sound fuel today, and it fulfils current actual and known future marine emissions legislation coming into force in 2016.
Link to the previous press release on 3 March 2011: Wärtsilä receives order for gas engines and equipment to Viking Line’s new environmentally sound passenger ferry
For further information, please contact:
Vice President, Cruise & Ferry Segment
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Tel: +358 40 1453 419
Senior Manager, Media and Stakeholder Relations
Tel: +358 400 267 555
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2010, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with more than 17,500 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. www.wartsila.com