Complete LNG Propulsion Package
German ferry to operate in UNESCO World Heritage area; focus on emissions minimization
Wärtsilä will provide a full propulsion package for a new passenger ferry being built for the Germany-based 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 travel between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland in Germany and will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG), using two 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF medium-speed, dual-fuel engines, each with an output of 1665 kW. The company said the engines offer an increased output of 5% and a fuel consumption reduction of 7% in gas mode compared to earlier versions.
Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel bunkering and supply system with related safety and automation systems, and its cold recovery system, which utilizes the latent heat of LNG in the ship's air conditioning systems, thus reducing the amount of electricity consumed in cooling compressors.
The vessel is scheduled to be delivered and ready for service during the first half of 2015.