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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

An integrated package of products, systems, and solutions from Wärtsilä will enable a new ro-pax ferry to be among the most efficient and environmentally sustainable ships.

NLC Ferry operates the Wasaline service between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden, and the new ferry, featuring Wärtsilä technology, is scheduled for delivery in May 2021. It is being built by Rauma Marine Constructions in Finland.

Among the ship’s features will be its hybrid propulsion solution. This will incorporate four Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines capable of operating on LNG and biogas. Wärtsilä will supply the LNG storage, supply and control systems, as well as the thrusters, catalysators, controls, and the integrated electrical and automation systems. The latter will incorporate an energy and power management system.

CO2 emissions, for example, will be reduced by more than 50% compared to Wasaline’s current ferry serving this route.

“This ferry project represents the perfect alignment of a lifecycle Wärtsilä solution with the lowest possible environmental impact. Furthermore, it is a strong endorsement of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach whereby connectivity and digitalisation are utilised to create greater efficiency, lower operating costs, and better environmental performance. Co-creation with partners and customers is another main element in creating a better industry ecosystem, and we have worked closely with NLC Ferry for more than five years in the development of this state-of-the-art vessel,” said Henrik Wilhelms, Segment Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine.

“We are extremely excited about our new ferry. It will be truly world-class with the latest and most advanced technologies, and for this we appreciate the support that Wärtsilä has provided. We know and trust their products. For example, our existing ship is powered by a Wärtsilä Vasa 32 engine that has already accumulated an incredible 200,000 hours of operation. This outstanding reliability is an example of why we have selected Wärtsilä again,” said Peter Ståhlberg, CEO Wasaline.

“Shipbuilding in Rauma has a history dating back some 600 years. During that time all kinds of vessels have been delivered, but never has there been a ship like this new Wasaline ferry. The efficiency level is very high, and the hybrid technology employed results in minimal exhaust emissions. We are proud to be able to say that we built this ship,” said Jyrki Heinimaa, President and CEO, Rauma Marine Constructions.

Wärtsilä’s equipment supply is augmented by a 10-year service agreement, as well as an agreement that allows Wärtsilä to utilise the vessel as an R&D test platform and technology demonstrator. This will enable the company to further validate its latest and most innovative technologies in line with its Smart Marine philosophy.

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