BC ferries

MS Helgoland

MS Helgoland is the first-ever, German-flagged newbuild seagoing vessel to be fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is powered by a complete Wärtsilä LNG-propulsion solution.

The propulsion machinery is comprised of two dual-fuel engines, two gearboxes and two controllable pitch propellers. In addition, Wärtsilä has supplied its LNGPac™, the fuel bunkering and gas supply system with related process control and safety features.

This passenger ferry operates close to a UNESCO world heritage site, the Wadden Sea National Park, which is an ecologically sensitive area in the South-Eastern part of the North Sea. Hence, operating 98% of the time on clean LNG, with reduced NOx emissions, no particles and SOx,  has had a special value to the owner. 

On this vessel, the LNGPac™ features also the Wärtsilä’s patented Cold Recovery system, which utilizes the latent heat of LNG vaporization for the ship’s air conditioning system, thereby reducing the amount of electricity consumed for cooling of the compressors. This provides significant operational savings and an increased overall vessel efficiency, for the added benefit of the environment.

 
We are very proud to be operating the first newbuild German vessel fuelled by LNG. Compared to conventional diesel fuel, this ship will produce 20% less CO2, 90% less NOx, and almost zero SOx and particulates.
Thanks to Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel technology with built in redundancy, the vessel can operate efficiently and without restrictions in the Wadden Sea National Park. Furthermore, it was very important for us to select a reliable and experienced partner who was able to deliver a complete propulsion package.

- Dr. Bernhard Brons, Managing Director of Reederei Cassen Eils GmbH and CEO of AG EMS

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Wärtsilä solutions supporting environmentally sustainable performance for two new cruise ships

by Wärtsilä Corporation | Jan 17, 2020

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply Chantiers de l‘Atlantique, France, a comprehensive package of integrated solutions designed to support and enhance the efficiency and environmental sustainability of the first two World Class cruise vessels being built for Geneva, Switzerland based MSC Cruises. The ships will operate on clean burning LNG fuel, and with optimal environmental performance. The orders with Wärtsilä were placed by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Q3 2018 and Q1 2019. These will be the first two cruise ships to run on LNG with Wärtsilä 46DF engines, and with Wärtsilä LNGPac systems.

The cruise industry’s profile in general is today very much geared towards sustainable operations. Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, whereby high levels of digitalisation and connectivity are utilised to deliver greater efficiencies and better environmental performance, strongly supports this trend. 

“The focus of our solutions is on reducing energy and fuel consumption in order to promote efficiency. At the same time, our nitrogen oxide reduction and LNG solutions enhance environmental sustainability, which together with the higher efficiency, is very much in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine strategy,” says Stefan Nysjö, Vice President, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä.

“We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s products and they have always provided us with excellent support in newbuild projects. These two new cruise ships will represent the latest thinking in minimising the environmental impact and reducing fuel consumption, which is in line with our Ecorizon plan, and Wärtsilä is playing a major role in this,” says Yves Pelpel, Technical Director, Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

The full scope of Wärtsilä’s supply of fully integrated solutions includes, for each of the two vessels, five 14-cylinder Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel engines fitted with nitrogen oxide reduction (NOR) units, two Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage and supply systems, seven Wärtsilä thrusters, and two Wärtsilä fixed pitch propellers. The Wärtsilä 46DF engines are IMO Tier III compliant in gas mode, and are compliant in marine diesel oil (MDO) mode in combination with the NOR units. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in mid-2020 for the first ship, and in mid-2022 for the second.

The steel cutting ceremony for the first of the two vessels, the ‘MSC Europa’ was held at Chantiers de l‘Atlantique in the end of October and it is scheduled to be launched in May 2022. Delivery of the second World Class vessel is scheduled for 2024. MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately held cruise operator, and these two new ships will operate worldwide.

Image caption: Wärtsilä will supply a comprehensive package of integrated solutions designed to support and enhance the efficiency and environmental sustainability of two new World Class cruise vessels being built by Chantiers de l‘Atlantique for MSC Cruises. Copyright MSC1: MSC Cruises, MSC2: Chantiers de l‘Atlantique.

 

Media contacts:

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

 

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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