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WÄRTSILÄ TO PROVIDE LNG RETROFIT PACKAGE FOR FERRY

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

Wärtsilä is to carry out an important retrofitting project aimed at lessening the environmental footprint of a ferry operating on the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area in the south eastern end of the North Sea.

The area features high biological diversity and is important for breeding and migrating birds. The retrofit will enable the Münsterland, a ro-pax ferry owned by German operator Aktien-Gesellschaft ‘Ems’ (AG Ems), to use LNG as fuel, thereby completely eliminating its emissions of SOx and particulates, while significantly reducing its NOx emissions.

The work will take place at the Koninklijke Niestern-Sanderyard in the Netherlands, which will build a completely new aftship to accommodate the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply, and control system. This fitting of the new aftship is scheduled to commence in September 2020.

A similar retrofitting project was carried out in 2015 on the Ostfriesland, a sister ship to the Münsterland, and the success of this project was cited as a prime consideration in the award of this subsequent contract.

“There is no greater endorsement of customer satisfaction than repeat orders, and we are delighted to have again been selected to convert an AG Ems owned ferry to LNG fuel operation. The project is fully in line with our Smart Marine approach that emphasises greater efficiency and better environmental performance for customers, as we lead the industry’s transformation into a new era of opportunity,” said Matthias Becker, MD Wärtsilä Deutschland.

“Operating our vessels in the most ecologically friendly way possible is of the utmost importance to us. Wärtsilä’s technology is already known to us, so we had no hesitation to contract them again to retrofit the Münsterland to allow it to operate without restrictions in the SECA and NECA sulphur and nitrogen oxide controlled areas,” said Bernhard Brons, MD AG Ems.

The vessel will be fitted with two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel generating sets and a Wärtsilä LNGPac system. The scope of supply includes Wärtsilä’s patented Cold Recovery system, which utilises the latent heat of LNG in the ship’s air conditioning, thus reducing electricity consumption. In addition to the environmental benefits, significant operational cost savings and an increase in overall vessel efficiency are expected. Completion of the retrofitting is anticipated during Q1 2021.

In addition to retrofitting these two ferries, the owners earlier ordered via a subsidiary company, Cassen Eils, a full Wärtsilä dual-fuel package for LNG operation for the ferry Helgoland, which entered service in 2015.

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