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Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Solution for new Isle of Man ferry

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a comprehensive range of solutions for a new 132 metres long RoPax ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IOMSPC). It is being built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea and will serve the Heysham to Douglas, Isle of Man route. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in the second quarter of 2020.

Wärtsilä has worked closely with the owner to develop a customised integrated solution based on the ship’s operating profile and customer-specific requirements. Reliability, efficiency, and low operating costs were key considerations. Central to the design is the Wärtsilä 31 engine, recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine and an engine that can also utilise artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in a condition based maintenance regime.

We have selected Wärtsilä as their solution brings notable advantages in terms of system integration and operational optimisation. It will also have the flexibility to take advantage of alternative future fuels as they become available. Wärtsilä has the experience to deliver a state-of-the-art bridge to propeller solution, along with the track-record needed for this complex newbuild project. 
Jim Royston, Fleet Operations and Project Manager at IOMSPC

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