Wartsila has received an order to deliver its hybrid solution for the Kootenay Lake ferry, which is being constructed for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in Canada.

Wartsila received the order last month.

The new Ro-Ro ferry is being built at the Western Pacific Marine shipyard. Once delivered, the vessel will operate on the Balfour-Kootenay Bay route across Kootenay Lake in Canada.

In comparison with a conventional propulsion arrangement, Wartsila’s hybrid solution will reduce fuel consumption, exhaust emissions and maintenance costs.

Western Pacific Marine president Graham Clarke said: “Wartsila was selected based on their experience, reputation, and know-how in developing, delivering, and supporting complex hybrid propulsion systems. These capabilities are extremely important to us, and we very much appreciate and welcome Wartsila’s support throughout this project.”

Wartsila Canada senior sales manager Dave Adams said: “We are proud to be providing the integrated hybrid propulsion solution for the Kootenay Lake replacement ferry and proud also to be playing our part in preserving the beautiful environment of this interior region of British Columbia. The Wartsila Hybrid System is in full alignment with our Smart Marine approach towards raising sustainability levels for our customers. This solution is also upgradable to achieve zero-emission operations in the future.”

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The scope of the order includes two Wartsila 20 generator sets with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems, the Wartsila’s Hybrid Solution with a DC electrical system and batteries, the vessel alarm and monitoring system, the energy management system and the sewage treatment system.

Wartsila will also conduct integration of the various onboard systems.

The hybrid solution is expected to be delivered in the second half of next year.

The 89m double-ended ferry will have the capacity to carry 250 passengers and crew, as well as 61 automobile equivalents (AEQs).

The British Columbian government currently operates two ferries equipped with Wartsila 20 engines.

Last week, Wartsila 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.