Marine technology company Wartsila has received a contract to deliver 14 engines and related emissions control after-treatment systems for two new Swiss inland ferries.

The passenger ferries are being constructed for General Navigation Company (CGN) at the Shiptec AG yard in Switzerland.

The ferries will operate on Lake Geneva between France and Switzerland.

The first vessel is expected to begin commercial operations in December 2022, whereas the second ferry will be delivered nearly one year later.

The high-speed Wartsila engines picked for this project are compliant with the EU Stage V emissions standard for domestic waterway ships, which came into force in the EU in 2020.

The 60m-long vessels will feature advanced hybrid energy and propulsion systems and will have the capacity to accommodate 700 passengers.

Wartsila Marine Power account manager Johan Penninga said: “Environmental sustainability was strongly emphasised in the specifications for this newbuild project. We are, therefore, extremely pleased and proud that the Wartsila 14 engine was selected to provide the power and reliability needed while complying with the EU Stage V emissions standard.”

Shiptec head of naval architecture and engineering Martin Einsiedler said: “Minimising the emissions from their operations is of great importance to CGN, and these new vessels are designed to operate cleanly and efficiently. The Wartsila engine was chosen with these criteria very much in mind.”

Wartsila noted that its engine serves both propulsion and auxiliary genset uses.

Wartsila’s high-speed engine is available in 12 and 16-cylinder configurations, with a power output between 749kW and 1,340kW in mechanical propulsion, and between 675kW and 1,155kW in auxiliary generating set and diesel-electric propulsion applications.

Wartsila will supply the equipment around mid-2021.