Wärtsilä selected to power new ‘super ferries’ series

Published: 23.10.2020 kl. 14.09 | Updated: 10.11.2020 kl. 19.51
P&O Ferries’ new series of ‘super ferries’ will be powered by Wärtsilä 31 engines fitted with the latest Wärtsilä Data Communication units. Photo: P&O
P&O Ferries’ new series of ‘super ferries’ will be powered by Wärtsilä 31 engines fitted with the latest Wärtsilä Data Communication units. Photo: P&O
The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected by P&O Ferries (P&OF), the British ferry operator, to power their new series of ‘super ferries’. The contract is for two vessels, and the order was signed in Q1 2020.

The vessels will be powered by the Wärtsilä 31 engine, recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine according a press release. The engine’s high level of fuel efficiency also reduces exhaust emissions. P&OF has stated that the new vessels “will be the most sustainable ships ever to sail the English Channel, setting new standards for reliability and cost efficiency.”

“We have worked closely with P&O Ferries and their naval architects on the design of these ships, and in their drive for greater efficiency and lower emission levels that can deliver more sustainable operations. The Wärtsilä 31 is absolutely the right choice for meeting these requirements,” says Karls Hinks, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power, in the press release.

Each ship will feature four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 engines. Delivery to the yard will commence in Q2 2021. 

The 230 metres long, double-ended RoPax ferries will operate between England and France.  

Kurt W. Vadset

kurt[a]maritimt.com

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