Wärtsilä wins multi-engine order for new LNG-powered ferry
Wärtsilä will provide the main and auxiliary engines, fuel storage and supply system for a new Italian ferry designed to operate on LNG.
The vessel is under construction at the Sefine shipyard in Turkey and has been ordered by Caronte & Tourist Isole Minori, based in Milazzo, Italy. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q1 2021.
This latest order comprises two Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engines, two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, two Wärtsilä gas valve units, and a Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in Q2 2022, and the ferry is expected to be delivered in 2023.
“We are very familiar with Wärtsilä and rate both their products and their support very highly. When the decision to operate primarily on LNG fuel was made, it became clear that Wärtsilä was the most experienced and qualified supplier to use,” said Caronte & Tourist managing director Luigi Genghi.
“This is our second project for the same owner and shipyard, and repeat orders are always an encouraging testimony of satisfaction. The flexibility of our dual-fuel technology is important for ferry operators because of the importance of redundancy. Should, for any reason, LNG be not available, the engine can switch to a conventional fuel in milliseconds, and the ferry schedule remains uninterrupted,” said Wärtsilä Marine Power senior sales manager Giammario Meloni.
The 109.98-m long ferry can accommodate 800 passengers and up to 115 cars on two vehicle decks. It will mainly operate between Milazzo in Sicily and the Aeolian islands.
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