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Solutions for high-speed ferries

High-speed ferries have a large power requirement since they are designed to operate at speeds of up to 40 knots. This effectively rules out hybrid or pure electric operation, making dual-fuel engines the only effective route to decarbonisation currently available. High-speed ferries tend to use 4-stroke medium and high-speed engines running on MDO/MGO, but here too LNG is making inroads.

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  • Balearia-slide
    High-speed catamaran for Baleària

    The largest LNG-fuelled high-speed catamaran

  • Molslinjen-ferry-1138-420
    Express 4

    High-speed RoPax with a compact axial flow jet solution

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  • FRANCISCO-1138-420

    The world´s fastest high speed ferry to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel

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  • SAINT-JOHN-PAUL-II-1138-420
    Saint John Paul II

    The largest high-speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean Sea

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  • Hales Trophy
    Wärtsilä powered Incat catamarans

    For thirty years, the Hales Trophy for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a commercial passenger vessel has been held by catamarans built by Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania. In fact, three successive world records for the ‘Blue Riband’ crossing have been won by Incat catamarans, and all have been powered by Wärtsilä waterjets.

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