Italy-based ferry firm Moby has awarded a contract to Wärtsilä to repower its passenger ferry MV Moby Zaza, following the successful repowering of its MV Moby Corse and MV Moby Kiss.

It is expected that the fast delivery of the complete system provided by Wärtsilä would reduce the downtime of the vessel.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wärtsilä will also provide equipment, commissioning and systems integration.

"The cooling circuit enables operation in high sea water temperatures, exhaust gas system silencers and fuel systems."

The equipment will include four new auxiliary generating sets with digital automatic voltage regulators, and seawater systems with complete cooling circuits.

The cooling circuit enables operation in high sea water temperatures, exhaust gas system silencers and fuel systems.

The equipment is expected to extend the lifecycle of the installation, while the replacement of the old equipment with new Wärtsilä products is expected to minimise the ferry's environmental footprint.

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Moby chairman Vincenzo Onorato said: “Wärtsilä is a key partner of our group. Their competence and quick reactions capability will allow us to have the vessel back in service with minimum downtime."

The efficient delivery, installation, start-up and commissioning of the equipment allows Moby Zaza to commence commercial operation on an expedited schedule.

Wärtsilä will also offer technical support to the yard in the equipment installation and systems integration phase, in addition to the on-site commissioning and sea trials for optimal performance of the systems.

Onorato Group unit Moby currently owns 60 vessels under the brands Moby, Tirrenia and Toremar.

Built in 1982, Moby Zaza is a roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) ferry with a capacity of 288 passenger cabins, and is capable of transporting 480 cars.

Image: As the existing 30-year-old equipment is replaced with new Wärtsilä products, MV Moby Zaza’s environmental footprint is considerably reduced. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä Corporation.