BC ferries

SAINT JOHN PAUL II

In March 2017, Wärtsilä was contracted to provide the waterjets for a new high speed ferry being built by the Incat Tasmania yard in Australia for Malta based Virtu Ferries. The scope of supply covered four Wärtsilä LJX1500SRI waterjets and a Lipstronic control system. The equipment was delivered to the yard in spring 2018 and the ship was delivered to the owners at the end of 2018.

The “Saint John Paul II” is a 110 metres long wave-piercing catamaran, and is the largest high speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean Sea. It operates between Malta and Sicily, and with its service speed of up to 38 knots, it completes the crossing in approximately 90 minutes. The vessel has a capacity for 900 passengers and the equivalent of 490 truck lane metres for 167 cars.

This new vessel will be a large and powerful high speed ferry, the Wärtsilä waterjets selected will ensure fast, efficient, and reliable operations. We have worked in close cooperation with Incat for nearly 30 years, and during this time have supplied them with modular waterjets for various vessel applications around the world. This product loyalty is the best possible endorsement of the quality and performance expected of the Wärtsilä range of waterjets.

- Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Business

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

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