2013-01-21 09:06:01 -
Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 21 January 2013 at 10 am EET
Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solutions and services provider, has
been selected to supply the main engines and auxiliary generating sets for a new
Scottish owned ferry. The RoPax vessel, meaning that it is designed for
transporting both wheeled cargo and passengers, was ordered by Lloyds Banking
Group and leased by Caledonian Maritime Assets, Ltd (CMAL), and it is being
built at the Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft shipyard in Germany. The
contract was signed in December 2012, and is included in Wärtsilä's 4(th)
quarter 2012 order book.
The shipyard requirements were that the engines must be commercially
competitive, compact and light in weight. Wärtsilä will deliver two 8-cylinder
in line Wärtsilä 32 main engines and three 8-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 20
total weight of this equipment will be only 151,4 tons which is the
lowest in their class. The low engine weight contributes to the low overall
weight of the vessel itself which is resulting in a relatively high payload the
vessel is able to carry. Good fuel efficiency and low levels of emissions were
also important considerations in the selection process. The new ferry must be
capable of round-the-clock operation since it will replace two existing ferries
on the route connecting the mainland of northwest Scotland with the Isle of
Lewis in the Hebrides.
"CMAL is a progressive, forward-looking company focused on design optimisation
for lowest emission, lowest fuel consumption and best vessel availability. This
approach is a perfect match with Wärtsilä's strategy. We have worked closely
with both the owner and the yard earlier, and we have been privileged to work
with them again on this project," says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Wärtsilä
Ship Power Sales.
Andrew Duncan, Director of Vessels at Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited,
commented: "We are pleased to announce that Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engines
are to be installed on the new build ferry currently being designed at
Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft. The engines were selected as the most
suitable for the project due to their overall performance in terms of fuel
consumption, emissions, weight and size."
The new vessel is designed to carry 700 passengers and 143 cars or 26 trucks. It
is scheduled to go into service in 2014.
Image of the CMAL new RoPax ferry
Wärtsilä marine solutions for cruise & ferry
For further information please contact:
Mr Matthias Becker
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Ms Mirja-Maija Santala
Tel. +358 400 793 827
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine
and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the
vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2011, Wärtsilä's net sales
totalled EUR 4.2 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has
operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is
listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
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