Wartsila to power three Polish LNG ferries

Finland’s Wartsila said on Tuesday it has secured a contract from Poland’s Remontowa shipyard to supply tech for three LNG-fueled RoPax vessels.

Under the deal, Wartsila would supply engines, fuel storage, and supply systems for the vessels claimed to be the first LNG-fueled RoPax ships for the Polish maritime sector.

Wartsila’s scope of work includes delivering its LNGPac fuel storage, supply, and control system, it said in a statement.

Each vessel will operate with four Wartsila 31DF dual-fuel engines.

According to the firm, the LNG-fueled engines can use bio-LNG, either on its own or blended with conventional LNG, to further reduce their carbon footprint.

Ferry companies Unity Line and Polferries, which will operate the vessels, expect to run the ferries entirely on bio-LNG by 2025.

With an overall length of 195 meters, the vessels will have a capacity for 4,100 lane meters of freight and 400 passengers.

The ferries will work between Swinoujscie in Poland and the Swedish ports of Ystad and Trelleborg in the Baltic Sea.

Wartsila said the contract was signed last month but it did not provide the price tag of the deal.

Poland’s Remontowa revealed in November it had secured a contract to build the three LNG-powered RoPax ferries for compatriot Polskie Promy, a unit of state-owned Polska Zegluga Morska.

The contract also included an option for a fourth vessel.

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