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Wärtsilä 46F Engines for Viking Line RoPax Ferry

Posted on April 11, 2006

Low operating costs and increased payload capacity will be gained by the choice of Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engines for a new high-speed RoPax ferry between Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia.

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract in March 2006 to deliver the power plant for the new ferry contracted by the Mariehamn, Finland, based shipping company Viking Line Abp at the Helsinki shipyard of Aker Yards. The ferry will be delivered in January 2008.

For this ferry, Wärtsilä will deliver four eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F main engines, each of 10 000 kW output at 600 r/min, and three eight-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä Auxpac 20 generating sets, each of 1350 kWe output.

The 2500-passenger ferry will have dimensions of 185 m length overall, 170 m length between perpendiculars, 27.70 m breadth and 6.55 m design draught. It will be built to Ice Class 1A Super for year-round navigation in the Baltic, and will have a service speed of 25 knots. The ferry is intended to provide fast comfortable trips with modern range of dining and shopping facilities for passengers, and to meet the increased need for transport capacity, especially for passenger vehicles.

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