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 integrated solutions will deliver efficiency and sustainability to three new short-sea vessels

by Wärtsilä Corporation | Jan 24, 2020

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply all the main equipment for the first LNG fuelled short-sea Ro-Lo (roll-on, lift-off) vessels to be operated by Finland based Bore Ltd. Three ships have been ordered and are being built at the WuHu Shipyard in China. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in December.

Wärtsilä has worked in close collaboration with both the owner and the naval architect to develop a vessel optimised integrated LNG system. As a result it has been possible to locate a 250 cbm Wärtsilä LNGPac storage and supply system below deck without compromising the cargo capacity.

The ships will be propelled by a Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine driving a Wärtsilä controlled pitch propeller (CPP) at variable speed, connected to a Wärtsilä SCV95 gearbox with an integrated power pack. In addition, the vessels will each be equipped with Wärtsilä ProTouch controls and Eco Control to enable accurately synchronised engine speed and propeller pitch. This delivers outstanding engine and propulsion efficiency, while the Eco Control operating mode can be selected for automated fuel savings while in transit. These integrated technologies will be supported via Wärtsilä’s Data Collection Unit (WDCU) with cloud based services and remote monitoring to optimise operability, fuel economy, and periodic maintenance.

“Our remote smart services provide state-of-the-art support for the ships’ integrated solution, which is another value-adding feature that we are providing for these vessels. Furthermore, the propulsion efficiency will be optimised using Wärtsilä’s computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Opti Design to tailor the size of the aft appendages specifically to the hull design. This efficiency saves fuel and, therefore, also operating costs,” says Luuk Hijlkema, Account Manager, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine.

“We appreciate Wärtsilä’s support and deep technological know-how, which have played a key role in developing these world-class vessels. We are proud to add these environmentally sustainable and fuel efficient ships to our fleet,” says Jörgen Mansnerus, VP, Marine Management at Bore Ltd.

The 120 metre long ships will be chartered to Finnish forestry company UPM, and will operate in the Baltic and North Seas. They will have Finnish/Swedish Ice Class 1A classification. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery Mid 2021.

Bore Ltd is an affiliate of the Dutch Spliethoff Group.

Image caption: Three LNG fuelled short-sea vessels for Bore Ltd will be equipped with optimised Wärtsilä integrated LNG systems. Copyright: Conoship/Bore

Media contacts:

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

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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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