Wartsila to provide hybrid solution for new Isle of Man ferry


Technology group Wartsila has received an order to provide a full range of solutions for a new 132m long passenger ferry (RoPax), named Manxman, to 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 the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in Korea.

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

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

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

The company said the Wartsila 31 engine, recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, was the backbone of the solution.

In addition, in condition maintenance practice, the engine can also run on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Jim Royston, IOMSPC Fleet and Project Operations Manager, said: “We chose Wartsila because their solution provides significant benefits in terms of system integration and operational optimization. It will also have the flexibility to take advantage of future alternative fuels as they become available. Wartsila has the experience to provide a state-of-the-art propeller bridge solution, as well as the track record for this complex new build project. ”

Karl Hinks, Sales Director of Wartsila 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 scalable model for shipowners. ”

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

In addition, the company will also supply the NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system, as well as the design of the deck console and its Aquarius UV ballast water management system.

Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

Recently, Wartsila was awarded a contract to supply 36 dual-fuel engines for six new 172,500 m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels under construction for the Arctic LNG 2 project in Russian Arctic waters.


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