Wärtsilä has secured an order to deliver its integrated solution for Swedish operator Rederi AB Gotland’s new passenger ferry being built at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) yard in China.
In November this year, Rederi AB Gotland awarded a contract to China’s GSI Shipyard for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ro-pax ferry.
Under the latest contract, Wärtsilä will provide a complete LNG powered propulsion and fuel storage and supply system, as well as comprehensive project services.
Wärtsilä Solutions Merchant Cruise and Ferry director business development Wilco van der Linden said: "Together with Guangzhou Shipyard International in China and Danish designers OSK-Shiptech, we will realise the first of an entirely new generation of fast, yet environmentally sound RoPax ferries.
"Not only will Wärtsilä deliver the entire LNG fuel handling and power and propulsion system, we will also provide comprehensive project management services, such as integration engineering, on-site support and extended commissioning."
The company will also deliver four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, two gearboxes, two controllable pitch propellers (CPPs) with remote control system, two Energopac rudders, two tunnel thrusters, four 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary generating sets, two LNGPac fuel gas handling systems and gas valve units.
In addition, the scope of the supply includes a compact silencer system (CSS), an IMO approved Aquarius UV ballast water management system, an Oily Water Separator together with a Bilge Water Guard to monitor and prevent oily water being discharged to the sea.
The delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is expected to start in the end of 2015 and the operation of the vessel is scheduled for 2017.
Image: The LNG fuelled ferry will have a minimal environmental footprint. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.