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April 26, 2019

Wärtsilä secures waterjet supply contract for high-speed ferry

Finnish firm Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply its newly launched modular waterjet for high-speed ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Finnish firm Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply its newly launched modular waterjet for high-speed ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Under the contract, Wärtsilä will deliver four WXJ1200 waterjets for the new 100m-long wave-piercing catamaran ferry being constructed at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia.

The ferry is capable of sailing at a speed of 36k and can carry up to 1,000 passengers and 239 cars, or a combination of trucks and cars.

Wärtsilä said that the new series of waterjets provides improved efficiency with reduced cavitation and underwater noise levels.

“The new WXJ series takes the performance to an even higher level, bringing even greater value to this exciting new vessel.”

Based on axial jet technology, the new waterjet increases cavitation margins for optimum vessel operational flexibility, according to Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä Marine propulsion director Lars Anderson said: “The well-proven design of Wärtsilä’s waterjets has led to a significant number of repeat orders from world-renowned fast ferry builders, such as Incat.

“Also, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is already operating multiple catamarans powered by Wärtsilä waterjets, which means that both the yard and the owners are very familiar with the best-in-class quality and performance of our waterjet solutions.”

Along with the four WXJ waterjets, Wärtsilä will also deliver the Wärtsilä ProTouch operational control system.

The equipment is expected to be delivered in May 2020 while the ferry is scheduled to be handed over to the owners in late 2020.

Incat Tasmania CEO Tim Burnell said: “We have worked with Wärtsilä for many years already, and we have complete confidence in their waterjets.

“The new WXJ series takes the performance to an even higher level, bringing even greater value to this exciting new vessel.”

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