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February 4, 2021

Wartsila to supply hybrid solution for new Isle of Man ferry

Technology group Wartsila has received an order to deliver a complete range of solutions for a new 132m-long roll-on, roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry, named Manxman, for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IOMSPC).

Technology group Wartsila has received an order to deliver a complete range of solutions for a new 132m-long roll-on, roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry, named Manxman, for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IOMSPC).

The order was placed in the second quarter of last year.

Currently, Manxman is under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea.

The new ferry will provide services on the Isle of Man route between Heysham and Douglas.

Based on the ferry’s operating profile and customer-specific requirements, the company has worked in collaboration with the owner to develop a tailored integrated solution.

During the development process, the company mainly focused on reliability, efficiency, and low operating expenses.

The company said that the Wartsila 31 engine, acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, is the main element of the solution.

Furthermore, in a condition-based maintenance practice, the engine can also operate on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

IOMSPC fleet operations and project manager Jim Royston said: “We have selected Wartsila as their solution brings notable advantages in terms of system integration and operational optimisation. It will also have the flexibility to take advantage of alternative future fuels as they become available. Wartsila has the experience to deliver a state-of-the-art bridge to propeller solution, along with the track-record needed for this complex newbuild project.”

Wartsila Marine Power sales manager Karl Hinks said: “The hybrid solution, combining highly efficient engines and energy storage, is increasingly being seen as a practical means for meeting today’s environmental and operating challenges. This solution lowers emission levels and extends the time between engine overhauls, and is an effective future-proof model for ship owners.”

The order includes the energy storage system, Wartsila 31 engines, electrical and automation, including Wartsila’s Low Loss Concept (LLC), and propulsion machinery, containing transverse thrusters.

Moreover, the company will also supply the NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system, along with Bridge Console Design and its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management system.

The equipment is scheduled for delivery during the second half of 2021.

Recently, Wartsila secured a contract to supply 36 dual-fuel engines for six new 172,500cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessels being built for the Arctic LNG 2 project in Russia’s Arctic waters.

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