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Latest Hankyu Ferry vessel with Wärtsilä efficiency and environmental solutions begins operations

Wärtsilä Japan Ltd.,
  • Local press release
2020-06-30 at 9:00 AM E. Europe Standard Time
The technology group Wärtsilä was selected to supply the engine and scrubber systems for a new Hankyu Ferry vessel, which began operations in June. The ‘Yamato’ is the second in a series of two ferries built for Japan-based Hankyu Ferry by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding. The other ship, the ‘Settsu’, commenced commercial operations in March of this year.

Both ships are fitted with the Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine. The engine achieves outstanding fuel efficiency through a combination of innovative technologies, including common rail fuel injection, hydraulic valve control, a 2-stage turbocharger, and the integrated Wärtsilä UNIC engine control system. The resulting high efficiency lowers both fuel costs and emission levels. The ferries are also fitted with Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Scrubber system to ensure compliance with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur restriction requirements.

“Japan has one of the most advanced and efficient ferry sectors in the world, and the new vessel investments by Hankyu Ferry reflect this. The Wärtsilä solutions chosen indicate the importance given by Japanese operators to high efficiency and environmental sustainability, which ultimately result in a lower total cost of ownership for the operator,” says Keisuke Yasutake, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Japan .

“For both the ‘Yamato’ and the ‘Settsu’ we wanted state-of-the-art technologies, and to have the most efficient engines and exhaust gas cleaning systems available. The Wärtsilä 31 was the obvious choice for the engine, while the Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubber enables us to comply with the 0.5 percent sulphur limit,” says Mr Takahiro Yamaguchi, Director, Hankyu Ferry Co. Ltd.

The 195 metres long ferries can carry up to 663 passengers, approximately 277 trucks with a maximum length of 8.5 metres, and some 188 cars. Wärtsilä has earlier supplied the engines for two other Hankyu Ferry vessels.

Image caption: The ‘Yamato’ is the latest Hankyu Ferry vessel to enter service powered by the Wärtsilä 31 engine.

Media contacts:
Tateo Miyagawa
Managing Director
Wärtsilä Japan Ltd.
Tel. +81 3 6631 7670

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