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New ferry will be first to use Wartsila hybrid battery technology

Ferry will serve the crossing between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland.

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Updated on 22 Jul 2016 10:23 GMT

A new ferry being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey for UK operator Wightlink, will feature a comprehensive range of modern Wartsila equipment and systems to ensure a high level of environmental efficiency. In addition to conventional fuel, the new vessel will be the first ferry to utilise Wartsila hybrid battery technology to improve efficiency, reduce the exhaust emissions and lower the noise level.

The scope includes four six-cylinder Wartsila 20 generating sets, electrical and automation (E&A) systems, and a sanitary discharge system. 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.

The ferry will serve the crossing between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland, and the Wartsila solutions will make it the most environmentally sustainable vessel ever on this route. A notable contributor to this is the Wartsila hybrid management system. This enables a significant energy improvement over conventional systems by running the engines at optimal load and absorbing many of the load fluctuations using batteries.

"This new Wightlink ferry is designed to be energy efficient and environmentally sustainable using the latest Wartsila technologies. In particular, the use of Wartsila's hybrid system represents a state-of-the-art solution for propulsion efficiency, which in turn has a beneficial effect on exhaust emissions," said Stephan Kuhn, Vice President, Electrical & Automation at Wartsila.

"Wightlink carries more than four and a half million passengers each year and is the leading cross-Solent ferry company connecting the south coast of England with the Isle of Wight. Our new vessel will be Wightlink's flagship, and we thank Wartsila for their close cooperation in this project. We are confident that the Wartsila equipment and systems are exactly the right choice for this modern ferry," remarked Wightlink Operations Director Elwyn Dop.

Delivery of the Wartsila equipment is scheduled to commence in spring 2017, and the vessel will enter service in 2018. The ferry will feature two fixed vehicle decks to hold the equivalent of 178 cars, and will have space for more than 1,000 passengers. In addition to the propulsion machinery, E&A systems, and sewage treatment, Wartsila is also supplying technical and project management, and solution integration engineering services.

Wartsila Hybrid Technology

Wartsila has been an active proponent of environmentally sustainable propulsion solutions for shipping, notably through introducing engines capable of running on LNG, ethylene and bio-fuels, and then supporting the technology with the appropriate storage, supply and control systems.

The company is also a leader in developing battery powered propulsion solutions for shipping. Wartsila's hybrid system involves the use of both conventional marine engines and batteries. The solution offers environmental benefits since exhaust emissions are considerably reduced.

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