Wärtsilä LNG experience key to ordering multiple engines for Italian ferry
The Wärtsilä technology group, pioneering the viability of LNG as a marine fuel, will supply the main and auxiliary engines, as well as the fuel storage and supply system, for a new Italian ferry designed to run on LNG. Wärtsilä’s extensive experience in LNG applications and its extensive portfolio of related products were cited as key considerations in the award of the contract. The vessel is under construction at the Sefine shipyard in Turkey and has been commissioned by Caronte & Tourist Isole Minori, based in Milazzo, Italy. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in the first quarter of 2021.
Given its environmental benefits, LNG continues to gain popularity in the shipping industry. The fuel contains no sulfur or particulate matter and emits only low levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx), while CO2 emissions are approximately 20% lower than HFO fuel. Wärtsilä’s early development of dual-fuel engines and fuel systems capable of handling LNG, as well as the global establishment of a delivery and bunkering infrastructure, have contributed significantly to its viability.
This latest order includes two Wärtsilä 34DF dual fuel main engines, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual fuel auxiliary engines, two Wärtsilä gas valve units and a Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system. The equipment is expected to be delivered to the yard in spring 2022, and the ferry is expected to be delivered in 2023.
“We know Wärtsilä very well and attach great importance to their products and support. When the decision to operate primarily on LNG was taken, it became clear that Wärtsilä was the most experienced and qualified supplier to use, ”said Luigi Genghi, Managing Director of Caronte & Tourist.
“This is our second project for the same owner and the same shipyard, and repeat orders are always a heartening token of satisfaction. Our list of references of ferries running with the Wärtsilä 34DF engine is indeed impressive, and we are happy to enrich it with this order. The flexibility of our dual fuel technology is important to ferry operators because of the importance of redundancy. If for some reason LNG is not available, the engine can switch to conventional fuel within milliseconds and the ferry schedule remains uninterrupted, ”says Giammario Meloni, Senior Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power
The 109.98-meter-long ferry will accommodate 800 passengers and up to 115 cars on two vehicle decks. It will operate mainly between Milazzo in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.
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