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Wightlink names hybrid car ferry: Queen Victoria 'would have been amused'

Vessel will be powered by batteries as well as low-sulphur marine gas oil.





Updated on 17 Aug 2017 06:41 GMT

UK operator Wightlink has announced that its new GBP 30 million hybrid car ferry for the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route will be named Victoria of Wight.

The name was chosen by a panel of staff who considered 186 suggestions from 73 members of staff.

The vessel is currently being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey and will be powered by batteries as well as low-sulphur marine gas oil.

As Bunker Index reported last year, the Victoria of Wight will feature a range of Wartsila equipment and systems designed to provide environmental efficiency. When launched, it will be the first ferry to use Wartsila hybrid battery technology.

Wartsila's scope includes four six-cylinder Wartsila 20 generating sets and electrical and automation (E&A) systems. Among the E&A systems to be supplied are an integrated automation system (IAS), a power and energy management system (PMS/EMS), and a 690 volt main switchboard. The specification for the order was agreed in September 2015, and a contract signed with Cemre shipyard in June 2016.

Wartsila's hybrid management system is designed to provide an energy improvement over conventional systems by running the engines at optimal load and absorbing many of the load fluctuations using batteries.

Commenting on the selection of the vessel's name, Wightlink Chief Executive, Keith Greenfield, said: "Victoria was clearly a popular choice among staff. We were very happy to endorse their selection and feel Queen Victoria, as a regular visitor to the Isle of Wight, would have been amused."

The new ship is due to be launched at the end of this year and officially handed over to Wightlink in early 2018, with its arrival in the Solent - the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England - slated for next summer.






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