04 Feb 2021by Riviera News
Wärtsilä to supply hybrid drive package for new ropax ferry to Isle of Man Steam Packet Co
The company said it has worked closely with the vessel owner to develop a customized integrated package based on the vessel’s operating profile and customer requirements, which include reliability, efficiency and low operating costs. as key considerations.
The scope includes the 4-stroke W31 engine, electricity and automation, including Wärtsilä’s low-loss power distribution system and propulsion machinery, including transverse thrusters. The company will also supply the latest NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system as well as a new deck console design and its Aquarius UV ballast water management system.
Karl Hinks, Commercial Director of Wärtsilä Marine Power, said: “The hybrid solution, combining highly efficient engines and energy storage, is increasingly seen as a practical way to meet today’s environmental and operational challenges. ‘hui. This solution reduces emissions levels and extends the time between engine overhauls, and is an efficient and scalable model for shipowners. “
“We chose Wärtsilä because their solution provides significant advantages in terms of system integration and operational optimization. It will also have the opportunity to take advantage of future alternative fuels as they become available. Wärtsilä has the experience to provide a state-of-the-art propeller-deck solution, as well as the necessary background for this complex construction project, ”said Jim Royston, Fleet and Project Operations Manager of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed in the second quarter of 2020 and delivery of the equipment to the site is scheduled for the latter part of 2021.
Manxman scheduled for delivery in 2023 will replace the ferry Ben-my-dear as the flagship ship of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. The 132m long ship is under construction at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea and will serve the Heysham-Douglas route connecting England to the Isle of Man.