BC ferries

Francisco

Wärtsilä’s axial waterjets are powering the ‘Francisco’, the first fast ferry to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. In addition to two of its axial waterjets, Wärtsilä has also supplied an advanced propulsion control system for the ‘Francisco’. The 99 m catamaran attained a lightship speed of 58.1 knots (107.6 km/h) in its recent speed trials. The ship was built by the Australian shipyard Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd on behalf of South American operator Buquebus. The Wärtsilä equipment was supplied at the end of 2012, and commissioning of the vessel took place in early 2013. A feature of the Wärtsilä waterjets is the high level of efficiency, which allows impressive power to be applied on relatively small jets. Furthermore, the compact dimensions enabled the waterjets to be installed within the ferry’s transom, thus saving valuable space.

Wärtsilä’s propulsion control system for manoeuvring the vessel gives effective, reliable control of all the waterjets and is very easy to use. It is designed in accordance with IMO (International Maritime Organisation) regulations and fulfils the requirements of all leading classification societies. The system controls and indicates the steering angle, bucket position and impeller speed, and can be operated alternatively with joystick control or autopilot. The system’s built-in redundancy makes it safe and robust.

According to Incat, the ‘Francisco’ is now the fastest ship in the world. While there are speed boats that can surpass 58 knots, there is no vessel afloat that can reach these speeds and that is able to carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars. The ferry will have an operating speed of 50 knots, and in crossing the River Plate (Rio de la Plata) between Uruguay and Argentina at high speed, the ferry will be able to viably compete with air traffic between the two countries.

The ‘Francisco’ will be the largest catamaran to be operated by Buquebus, and the fastest, environmentally cleanest, and most efficient high speed ferry in the world.

- Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, President at Buquebus

Press releases

Wärtsilä waterjets to power new Danish high-speed ferry

by Wärtsilä Corporation | Jul 05, 2017
The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply four of its waterjets plus the hydraulics and control system for a new 109 metre long high-speed RoPax ferry. The ship is being built at the Austal Ships Pty yard in Australia for Molslinjen A/S of Denmark. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in May 2017.

Wärtsilä’s compact axial flow jet solution was considered the most appropriate choice for this vessel, since it offered the customer optimal weight and performance criteria for the ship’s mission profile.

“This is a prestigious newbuild project and we are proud that our waterjets have been selected to drive this high-speed ferry. The proven design and reliable performance of the Wärtsilä solution were deciding factors in the winning of this contract,” says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“We have worked successfully with Wärtsilä for a number of years on many naval and commercial projects. We know and trust the quality and performance of their products and we find Wärtsilä to be a valued, reliable partner for us,” says, Penelope Patterson, Head of Supply Chain, Austal Ships Pty.

The new vessel will be an all aluminium catamaran having a top speed of 40 knots. It will be equipped with two full vehicle decks for 425 cars, or 610 lane metres for trucks and up to 232 cars. The ship will be able to carry more than 1000 passengers. When delivered, the contracted route for the vessel is the crossing of the Kattegat between Aarhus and Odden.

The ship is scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2018, and the Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered to the yard in May 2018.

Wärtsilä modular waterjets feature a compactly designed axial pump with excellent efficiency, cavitation, and noise characteristics. The high performance components are made of stainless steel to prevent wear and corrosion, while the water lubricated bearing in the stator bowl provides an environmentally friendly solution. The inlet design is tailored to the outline and operational profile of each individual vessel.

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Caption: Wärtsilä’s compact axial flow jet solution was considered the most appropriate choice for the new Molslinjen high-speed ferry.

Media contacts:

Mr Jeroen Vedder
Sales Manager Navy & Waterjets
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +31 88 9804198
jeroen.vedder@wartsila.com

Mr Simon Riddle
General Manager, Navy & Waterjets
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +49 151 53 25 90 49
simon.riddle@wartsila.com

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439
marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com

Wärtsilä in brief:

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