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DUAL FUEL POWER FOR POLAR CRUISE VESSEL

Monday, October 15, 2018 

Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine has been selected to power a new and highly advanced, polar ice-class expedition vessel being built for the France-based operator Ponant at Vard Søviknes, a part of VARD shipbuilding group in Norway. The 150m ship, capable of Arctic and Antarctic operation, will operate primarily on LNG.

In addition to four 14-cylinder and two 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31DF engines, Wärtsilä will also supply the fuel gas supply system. Also included in the scope is Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum advanced navigation equipment, which can later be integrated with an Eniram proactive energy management system delivering predictive insights and mobile alerts.

“We have ordered the building of a clean ship featuring technologies that go beyond current industry-standard environmental regulations. This is why we have chosen a propulsion format with Wärtsilä’s highly efficient 31DF engine running on LNG,” said Charles Gravatte, Ponant General Secretary.

“Wärtsilä’s cutting-edge technologies are making a huge contribution to creating cleaner, more efficient, and more environmentally sustainable shipping. This valuable contract is a clear example of this. We are delighted to be supporting Ponant in enabling this cruise ship to meet the highest standards of sustainability,” said Glenn Mattas, Regional Sales Director, South Europe & Africa, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and will be the twelfth ship in Ponant’s fleet of cruise vessels.

 

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