Wärtsilä’s New 46DF Engines to Power 612-Foot Ships
Baleària has reached an agreement with the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini to build two liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel ferries. “The total investment in these innovative vessels is some 200 million euros,” states a release (approximately $215 million U.S. at current rates). “They are expected to be operational by the end of 2018.”
The new ships, 612 feet in length (186.5 meters), will have twin 46DF engines from Wärtsilä, Baleària told F&F, fed by twin 165-cubic-meter (43,588 gallon) LNG tanks.
Both are to have 123 cabins and 402 passenger seats for a total capacity of 810 people, plus 2,180 linear meters of cargo space and the ability to carry 150 cars. They are to be able to travel at 24 knots.
‘A Competitive Edge’
They will allow Baleària to guarantee improved services to both passengers and logistic operators “while at the same time gaining a competitive edge,” company president Adolfo Utor said in a release. The new vessels “incorporate the latest technologies to be more sustainable and ensure the best passenger travel experience,” he said.
Baleària’s current flagship, the Abel Matutes, has a dedicated-LNG engine from Rolls-Royce for maneuvering and port stays (HHP Insight, October 23, 2014).
Wärtsilä introduced the four-stroke 46DF three years ago “for the high-output market segment,” including ferries and cruise ships (HHPi, March 26, 2014).
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Source: Baleària release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up