Wärtsilä powering Isle of Man hybrid ferry

Wärtsilä will be supplying the engines and other equipment for a new RoPax ferry that is being built for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. (IOMSP) at the Hyundai Mipo dockyard in South Korea.

The ferry will run on diesel, but has the flexibility to use alternative fuels as they become available.

Wärtsilä’s scope of work for the ferry comprises: Wärtsilä 31 four-stroke diesel engines; electrical and automation systems including Wärtsilä’s Low Loss Concept (LLC); the energy storage system; and propulsion machinery including the transverse thrusters.

Wärtsilä will also supply a NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system along with a newly developed bridge console design and its Aquarius UV ballast water management system. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard during the latter part of 2021.

Jim Royston, Fleet Operations and Project Manager at IOMSP, commented: ‘We have selected Wärtsilä as their solution brings notable advantages in terms of system integration and operational optimisation. It will also have the flexibility to take advantage of alternative future fuels as they become available. Wärtsilä has the experience to deliver a state-of-the-art bridge to propeller solution, along with the track-record needed for this complex newbuild project.’

Karl Hinks, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power, added: ‘The Hybrid solution, combining highly efficient engines and energy storage, is increasingly being seen as a practical means for meeting today’s environmental and operating challenges. This solution lowers emission levels and extends the time between engine overhauls, and is an effective future-proof model for ship owners.’

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor