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LNG PROPULSION PACKAGE FROM WÄRTSILÄ FOR JAPANESE FERRY PAIR

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 

Wärtsilä is to provide complete LNG packages, comprising Wärtsilä 31DF engine, gearbox, and LNGPac storage, supply and control system for each of two new ferries being built on behalf of Ferry Sunflower, a subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

The ships are being built at Mitsubishi’s Shimonoseki shipyard in Japan, and will be the first LNG-fuelled ferries to be built in Japan. This newbuild project has been adopted for Japan’s energy conservation rating system for coastal ships, a demonstration test programme to enhance operational efficiency. The Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engine was chosen for these ferries specifically because of its high efficiency, and its safe and continuous gas mode operation, which were key requirements in the specification.

“Wärtsilä’s vast experience and know-how in LNG solutions for the marine sector is again recognised with this landmark order for the first Japanese built LNG-fuelled ferries. We are able to offer LNG-based products and systems having a proven design and high performance, with a strong reference list that supports our value proposition,” said Keisuke Yasutake, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Japan.

Makoto Yamaguchi, GM Technical Division, MOL, said: “MOL is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of its business activities, and these two ferries are being built in line with that objective. By operating on LNG they will have a greatly reduced carbon footprint, and the high-performance Wärtsilä engine fits our requirements perfectly.”

Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki will be about 200m in length and will be capable of carrying approximately 763 passengers, 136 trucks and 100 passenger cars at a speed of 22.5 knots. They are scheduled to commence operations in 2023 on the Osaka – Beppu route.

Wärtsilä claims lengthy and strong relationships with both MOL and Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi Shipyards, for example, has delivered ferries, LNG carriers, and a seismic research vessel, all with Wärtsilä engines.

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