08.11.2018

World’s first LNG-powered high-speed catamaran will have Wärtsilä engines

The largest ever high-speed catamaran, which will operate on LNG fuel, will feature a fully integrated scope of supply from the technology group Wärtsilä. The 125 metres long vessel is being built at the Armon Gijón shipyard in Spain for Spanish ferry operator Baleària.

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The vessel will be powered by four dual Wartsilä LNG / GO engines of 8800 kW each, it will have the ability to reach a service speed of 35 knots and a maximum speed of more than 40 knots. It will also have two tanks to store LNG with a range of 400 nm.

When delivered, the ferry will be capable of carrying 1200 passengers and 500 cars, or trucks covering a length of 500 metres plus 250 cars.

“High efficiency, reduced operating costs, and environmental sustainability were the key values in the design of this exciting new high-speed ferry. Wärtsilä has a strong focus and excellent track record in all these areas, as well as unique integration capabilities. ” says Stefan Wiik, Vice President, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä.

“This ferry will very much shape the future for high-speed, gas powered, catamarans and trimarans. This completely new design, which optimizes the performance of the ship, not only in terms of speed but also in seakeeping, and which utilises Wärtsilä’s LNG technology, makes this a breakthrough vessel.,” says Juan M. Paino, CTO of Armón.

”Baleària’s strategic commitment to LNG responds to criteria of social responsibility and economic profitability. The axiom, less pollution, greater economic profitability, works fully with liquefied natural gas,” says the CEO of Baleària, Adolfo Utor,

Baleària will invest 90 million euros in the construction of this fast ferry, which is scheduled to start the aluminum cut next December and to enter into service in the summer of 2020.

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