Wärtsilä has secured a contract from Spanish shipyard Construcciones Navales del Norte (LaNaval) to design and provide propulsion equipments for a new Liquefied natural gas (LNG) RoRo passenger ferry, to be owned by Baleària.

The contract also includes the option for a second vessel.

Under the deal, Wärtsilä will also provide project support services, comprising of engineering and on-site consulting as well as commissioning of the combined systems, to LaNaval.

"LaNaval has selected Wärtsilä as the supplier of the DF engines, and we have also chosen the company’s LNGPac fuel system."

Wärtsilä said that compared to standard marine diesel fuel, its LNG solution reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25% and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 85%.

Construcciones Navales del Norte deputy managing director and sales director Javier Angulo said: “In our current order book at LaNaval, we have two vessels that will be powered by dual-fuel engines; a multi-purpose cable laying vessel and this Ro-Pax vessel for Baleària.

“For both ships, LaNaval has selected Wärtsilä as the supplier of the DF engines, and we have also chosen the company’s LNGPac fuel system.

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“We made this decision based on Wärtsilä’s experience in dual-fuel technology.”

As part of the deal, Wärtsilä will provide four 8-cylinder 50DF dual-fuel main engines, four 9-cylinder 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines as well as LNGPac fuel storage and management system.

The company will also supply two twin/single out gearboxes, two controllable pitch propellers (CPP) with Wärtsilä ProTouch bridge control system, two transverse thrusters, as well as engineering, project management, and on-site yard support services.

The machineries are expected to be delivered to the LaNaval yard by mid-next year.

With a length of 232m as well as capacity to carry 331 vehicles and 1700 passengers, the new vessel is expected to enter service in 2019.

Once operational, the ship will be the first gas-propelled RoRo passenger ferry operating in the Mediterranean Sea.

Image: Wärtsilä has been contracted to design and deliver the LNG power and propulsion installation for Baleària’s new RoRo passenger ferry. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.