Wärtsilä Solutions for New State-of-the-Art Wasaline Ferry

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  • The new Wasaline ferry will feature Wärtsilä solutions that make it among the world’s most efficient and eco-friendly vessels.
  • The new ferry is scheduled for delivery in May 2021 after orders with Wärtsilä were booked in March 2019.
  • Among the ship’s outstanding features will be its hybrid propulsion solution incorporating four highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines.
  • The new ship will accommodate 800 passengers and will have 1500 lane meters available for trucks and passenger vehicles.

Wärtsilä will enable a new Wasaline RoPax ferry to be among the world’s most efficient and environmentally sustainable ships, reports Sea News.

In Production

The technology group will provide a  new integrated package of products, systems, and solutions to make this happen. NLC Ferry operates the Wasaline service between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden. The new ferry, featuring state-of-the-art Wärtsilä technology, is scheduled for delivery in May 2021. It is being built by Rauma Marine Constructions in Finland. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in March 2019.

Features of the System

Among the ship’s outstanding features will be its hybrid propulsion solution. This will incorporate four highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas. The diesel version of the Wärtsilä 31 has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine.

What will Wärtsilä supply?

Wärtsilä will also supply the LNG storage, supply, and control systems, as well as the thrusters, catalysators, controls, and the integrated electrical and automation systems. The latter will incorporate an energy and power management system to optimize the use and operation of the hybrid power solution.

A Benchmark in Efficiency

The combination of the Wärtsilä 31DF engines, hybrid propulsion, and LNG and BioLNG fuel will establish this ferry as a benchmark in efficiency and sustainability. The CO2 emissions, for example, will be reduced by more than 50 percent compared to Wasaline’s current ferry serving this route.

The Smart Marine Approach

“This ferry project represents the perfect alignment of a lifecycle Wärtsilä solution with the lowest possible environmental impact. Furthermore, it is a strong endorsement of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach. According to it, connectivity and digitalization are utilized to create greater efficiency, lower operating costs, and better environmental performance,” says Henrik Wilhelms, Segment Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine.

In his opinion, co-creation with partners and customers is another main element in creating a better industry ecosystem. Wärtsilä Marine has  worked closely with NLC Ferry for more than five years in the development of this state-of-the-art vessel.

In Support of Wärtsilä

“We are extremely excited about our new ferry. It will be truly world-class with the latest and most advanced technologies, and for this, we appreciate the support that Wärtsilä has provided. We know and trust their products,” says Peter Ståhlberg CEO at Wasaline. For example, their existing ship is powered by a Wärtsilä Vasa 32 engine that has already accumulated an incredible 200,000 hours of operation. This outstanding reliability is an example of why they have selected Wärtsilä again, he establishes.

A New Level of Innovation

“Shipbuilding in Rauma has a history dating back some 600 years. During that time all kinds of vessels have been delivered, but never has there been a ship like this new Wasaline ferry. The efficiency level is very high, and the hybrid technology employed results in minimal exhaust emissions. We are proud to be able to say that we built this ship,” says Jyrki Heinimaa, President and CEO, Rauma Marine Constructions.

Wärtsilä’s equipment supply is augmented by a 10-year service agreement. There is also an agreement that allows Wärtsilä to utilize the vessel as an R&D test platform and technology demonstrator. This will enable the company to further validate its latest and most innovative technologies in line with the company’s Smart Marine philosophy.

The new ship will accommodate 800 passengers and will have 1500 lane meters available for trucks and passenger vehicles.

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Source: Sea News

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