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Wärtsilä wins contract for ferries being converted to LNG

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Wärtsilä Corp. has announced that it has won a contract from Gdansk Shiprepair Yard ‘Remontowa’ S.A. to supply a comprehensive scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems and gas handling systems for the mid-life upgrade of two RoPax ferries. During the upgrade, the two vessels will also be converted to operate on LNG.

The vessels – the Spirit of British Columbia and the Spirit of Vancouver – belong to British Columbia Ferry Services (BC Ferries), which is based in Victoria, Canada. In late March 2016, BC Ferries first announced that the conversion and upgrade project would take place.

Mark Wilson, the Vice President, Engineering, BC Ferries, said: “We know and trust Wärtsilä's broad range of competences, and appreciate the detailed engineering and attention to schedule that Remontowa and Wärtsilä have undertaken for the completion of this project. The broad scope of equipment needed heightens considerably the importance of systems integration and LNG experience and in this we believe that Wärtsilä is one of the best in the Marine sector.”

The upgrade on the first vessel will be executed in the 2017/2018 winter season, whilst the work on the second vessel will be executed in the 2018/2019 winter season. The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered in mid-2017 and mid-2018 before the work commences on both vessels.

Aaron Bresnahan, the Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “We congratulate British Columbia Ferry Services for having the foresight and vision to undertake these mid-life upgrades, and for making the two ships environmentally sustainable by converting them to operate on LNG fuel. We are also very pleased to be working on a major project again with the Remontowa yard, with whom we have had good cooperation in the past.”

Lucjan Falkiewicz, Project Manager for BC Ferries' MLU project, Remontowa, added: “This is an extensive project involving both conversion of the ships to upgrade their performance, as well as the gas conversion work. Fortunately, we have worked in the past with Wärtsilä and have good confidence in both their solutions and their capabilities.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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