New Navimag ferry powered by Wärtsilä set to sail southern waters

Wärtsilä Corporation, News 16 March 2020 at 15:00 UTC+2

With its propulsion equipment supplied by the technology group Wärtsilä, Navimag Ferries’ brand new vessel, the ‘Esperanza’, has been delivered. Wärtsilä worked in close cooperation with Naviform Consulting & Research, the ship designer, to develop an innovative total solution that aligned the propulsion with the hull form and the ship’s operating profile. This collaboration ensured the level of high efficiency required.

The 150 metres long vessel can carry up to 274 passengers and has 1800 vehicle lane metres. It will operate exclusively in Chile, sailing between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales, and providing a vital transportation link with Chile's south, in addition to ferry cruising in the Patagonian fjords.

“Our ability to support the design process together with Naviform was very important to this project. The design is innovative, and we were able to deliver the right propulsion solution for the vessel, with high efficiency, reliability, low fuel consumption, and lifecycle support as the key enablers,” says Mark Keneford, General Manager, Marine Sales, Wärtsilä Canada.

“This project required a non-conventional design, and we very much appreciate Wärtsilä’s support throughout the design process. Close collaboration was needed to ensure that the equipment ordered was dimensioned accordingly, and that both the operating and environmental performance met the high standards that we required. We are very proud of the end result,” says Mr Cesar Barrera, CEO, Navimag.

The propulsion solution selected includes two Wärtsilä 20 main engines, two Wärtsilä controlled pitch propellers (CPP), and two Wärtsilä gearboxes. The system is designed for optimal efficiency with low levels of exhaust emissions. 

Image caption: Navimag Ferries’ new ship, the ‘Esperanza’, fitted with a Wärtsilä propulsion system, has now been delivered. Copyright: Naviform Consulting & Research.


Media contacts:

Mark Keneford
General Manager, Marine Sales
Wärtsilä Canada
Tel: +1 514 247 5940

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
General Manager, Positioning, Marine Business Marketing
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

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