Wärtsilä technology group has been selected to supply the engines and associated pollution control aftertreatment systems for two new passenger ferries under construction for operation between Switzerland and France across Lake Geneva, the company said in his press release.
The ferries are being built at the Shiptec AG shipyard in Switzerland for General Navigation Company (CGN), a Swiss ferry operator based in Lausanne. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in September 2020.
The Wärtsilä 14 high-speed engines chosen for this project meet the stringent EU Stage V emissions standard for inland navigation vessels, which entered into force in the EU earlier this year. The vessels with a length of 60 meters and a capacity of 700 passengers will be equipped with advanced hybrid energy and propulsion systems, for which the Wärtsilä 14 is a perfect match. High efficiency and environmental compliance were key factors in choosing this engine.
The Wärtsilä equipment is expected to be delivered from summer 2021, and the first vessel is expected to begin commercial operations in December 2022. The second ferry will be delivered around a year later.
The Wärtsilä 14 is the most compact engine in its power range in the marine market, serving both propulsion and auxiliary generator applications. The engine is an integral part of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision for the future of boating, according to which optimum efficiency, safety and environmental sustainability will be the key pillars to achieve and maintain profitable operations for shipowners and operators of the vessel. whole world.
The Wärtsilä 14 high speed engine is available in 12 and 16 cylinder configurations, with power ranging from 749 to 1340 kWm in mechanical propulsion, and between 675 to 1155 kWe in auxiliary generator sets and diesel-electric propulsion.
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in intelligent technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By focusing on sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of its customers’ ships and power plants. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales amounted to € 5.2 billion with around 19,000 employees. The company operates through more than 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.