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Repeat Propulsion Order for Wärtsilä

Posted on May 29, 2006

Wärtsilä Corporation announced that it was awarded a repeat order in February for main and auxiliary engines for the fourth new cruise ferry for the Estonian ferry company Tallink Grupp AS. The ferry will be built at the Helsinki shipyard of Aker Finnyards ASA in Finland with delivery in summer 2008. For this new cruise ferry, Wärtsilä will deliver the complete outfit of main and auxiliary engines including four, 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines with a combined power of 24 000 kW, two, Wärtsilä twin input/single output reduction gears, and three, six-cylinder Wärtsilä Vasa 32 auxiliary engines totaling 7380 kW.

Wärtsilä has already delivered the machinery for three previous Tallink cruise ferry newbuildings, the "Romantika" which entered service in 2002, the "Victoria I" of 2004, and the "Galaxy" which is due to go on her maiden voyage in May 2006. Tallink operates in the Baltic, mainly between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland, across the Gulf of Finland and directly between Tallinn and Stockholm, Sweden.

The newbuilding will be broadly similar to the sister ships. It will be 212 m long and 29 m wide, with accommodation for 2800 passengers together with a large Ro-Ro capacity for vehicles, road trailers, Mafi trailers, cars, coaches, etc. Passenger accommodation will include 927 cabins, several restaurants and bars as well as a 450-seat conference center. The principal difference in the newbuilding will be a greater service speed of 24.5 knots.

Wärtsilä will also deliver the basic design of the engine room together with the workshop documentation for the newbuilding owing to a change in the main engine type. The previous vessels in the class are each equipped with four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä Vasa 32 main engines in Vee-form configuration and three six-cylinder Wärtsilä Vasa 32LN type auxiliary generating sets.

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