Wärtsilä will provide a full propulsion package for a new passenger ferry being built for Reederei Cassen Eils GmbH. The contract was signed in October 2013 with Fr. Fassmer GmbH, the shipyard responsible for the vessel's construction.
The new ferry will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland in Germany. This route will take it close to the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea national park, an ecologically sensitive UNESCO World Heritage listed area in the south-eastern part of the North Sea. The ferry will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) using two 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF medium-speed dual-fuel engines.
The selected engines offer an increased output of 5% and a reduction of 7% in fuel consumption in gas mode, compared to earlier versions of the engine.
Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel bunkering and supply system with related safety and automation systems. The scope of supply includes Wärtsilä's patented Cold Recovery System, which utilises the latent heat of LNG in the ship's air conditioning systems, thus reducing the amount of electricity consumed in cooling compressors. This provides significant operational savings and an increase in overall vessel efficiency.
The vessel is scheduled to be delivered and ready for service during the first half of 2015.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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