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 high-efficiency propulsion solutions selected for special high-speed ferry

by Wärtsilä Corporation | May 28, 2020

The technology group Wärtsilä will provide the propulsion solutions for a new 115 metres long high-speed ferry. The vessel is being built by Austal at the Australian shipbuilder’s yard in the Philippines for Danish operator Molslinjen. It will feature four Wärtsilä 31 engines, recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, and four high-performance Wärtsilä WXJ1500SRI waterjets. Wärtsilä will also supply its state-of-the-art ProTouch bridge controls system. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in May this year.“This combination of the Wärtsilä 31 engine and WXJ waterjets is unique for fast ferries, delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, reliability, quality and performance. This is an exciting project, and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the level of propulsion demanded,” says Stefan Nysjö, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine.

This large ferry will be capable of carrying 1610 passengers, and will have space for 450 cars or 617 lane metres for trucks plus 257 cars. It will have an operating service speed of close to 37 knots.

“The size of the vessel, together with the speed and propulsion efficiency makes this a very special project. It will be, by volume, the largest ferry ever built in our shipyards, and it will offer a powerful, yet economical and environmentally-friendly solution,” says Wayne Murray, President Austal Philippines.

“We have Wärtsilä waterjets on several of our fast ferries, so we are familiar with the quality and performance they deliver. We are also familiar with the Wärtsilä 31 engine, which is really in a class of its own in regards to efficiency,” says Flemming Kristensen, Technical Director, Molslinjen.

The Wärtsilä WXJ waterjet series was introduced in 2019 as the successor to the company’s successful LJX series.  This is the first time the WXJ waterjets and the Wärtsilä 31 engine have been used in combination for a fast ferry, offering an unprecedented level of performance, reliability and quality.

The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered to the yard commencing in July 2021, and the ferry is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2022. It will operate on the Molslinjen Bornholm route between Ystad and Rønne in Denmark.

Image caption 1. A combination of the 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 engines and WXJ1500SRI waterjets, has been selected to provide the power for the new Molslinjen high-speed ferry. Copyright: Wärtsilä.
Image caption 2. The new Molslinjen high-speed ferry is to be built at the Austal yard in the Philippines and will feature a combination of Wärtsilä propulsion solutions. Copyright: Austal Ships Pty Ltd.

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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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