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

Spanish ferry operator seeks competitive edge with Wärtsilä waterjets

by Wärtsilä Corporation | Oct 23, 2017

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its powerful waterjets for a new high speed ferry being built for Spanish company, Naviera Armas. The company faces strong competition in the local ferry market, and its choice of the Wärtsilä modular waterjet solution is seen as an effective means of meeting the competitive challenge. The vessel is being built at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia and the order with Wärtsilä was booked in August 2017.

This 109 metre long wave-piercing vessel will be the third Incat built high speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet. All three ships incorporate Wärtsilä waterjets. “The proven design of the Wärtsilä LJX 1500SRI waterjet encompasses high efficiency, excellent hydrodynamic performance, minimised noise and vibration, and less maintenance. Not surprisingly, therefore, it is rapidly becoming the waterjet of choice for owners and shipyards around the globe,” says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“We have extensive experience with Wärtsilä waterjets and know that they can deliver the power and reliability demanded by the owners. The project is based on getting ferry customers to their destination in the most efficient manner and with the highest level of comfort and reliability. We are confident the Incat design and propulsion package incorporating Wärtsilä waterjets is the best choice to achieve this goal,” says Incat’s Tim Burnell.

The new ferry will commence operations in 2019 and the four Wärtsilä waterjets with a control system will be delivered to the yard in October 2018. Wärtsilä has worked closely with Incat for almost thirty years, and this is the second order placed by the yard with Wärtsilä this year. Altogether, 174 modular Wärtsilä waterjets have been delivered to Incat.

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Caption: The new high speed catamaran will be the third delivered to Naviera Armas with Wärtsilä waterjets.

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 4075 1900
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

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