Wärtsilä will supply a hybrid propulsion package for a new ropax ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co
The company said it has worked closely with the vessel’s owner to develop a customised integrated package based on the ship’s operating profile and the customer’s requirements which include reliability, efficiency and low operating costs as key considerations.
The scope includes the 4-stroke W31 engine, electrical and automation including Wärtsilä’s low loss concept power distribution system and propulsion machinery including transverse thrusters. The company will also supply the latest NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system along with a newly developed bridge console design and its Aquarius UV ballast water management system.
Wärtsilä Marine Power sales manager Karl Hinks said “The hybrid solution, combining highly efficient engines and energy storage, is increasingly being seen as a practical means for meeting today’s environmental and operating challenges. This solution lowers emission levels and extends the time between engine overhauls, and is an effective future-proof model for shipowners.”
“We have selected Wärtsilä, as their solution brings notable advantages in terms of system integration and operational optimisation. It will also have the flexibility to take advantage of alternative future fuels as they become available. Wärtsilä has the experience to deliver a state-of-the-art bridge to propeller solution, along with the track-record needed for this complex newbuild project,” said Isle of Man Steam Packet Co fleet operations and project manager Jim Royston.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q2 2020 and the equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard during the latter part of 2021.
Manxman is scheduled for delivery in 2023 will replace the ferry Ben-my-Chree as the flagship vessel for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. The 132-m long vessel is under construction at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will serve Heysham-Douglas route connecting England with the Isle of Man.
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