Commuter ferry designs
Wärtsilä Ship Design has a vast portfolio of innovative and cost effective commuter ferries, The designs have been developed with emphasis on the elimination of harmful emissions.
The ferry design characteristic focuses on high energy efficiency with low resistance, both above and below the water line. They are designed to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biofuel.
Wärtsilä Hybrid/Battery Systems
The Wärtsilä hybrid/battery system and its integration with conventional diesel – or dual fuel engine gensets, offers significant efficiency improvement by running the engines on optimal load and absorbing many of the load fluctuations through batteries. Wärtsilä deliveres systems that allow ferries to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biofuel.
Wireless power technology
Wärtsilä is currently prototyping the world’s first inductive power charging system (wireless), as opposed to conductive (a physical cable), to charge a hybrid-powered car ferry. The system eliminates physical cable connections, thus reducing wear and tear caused by seawater, snow and ice, and enables charging to begin immediately when the vessel arrives in port. Renewable energy, battery solutions and performance are improving and getting cheaper. There is no reason not to implement them in coastal shipping.
Learn more about our wireless power technology