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Thursday, October 22, 2020 

Wärtsilä has been selected by UK ferry company P&O Ferries (P&OF) to power a pair of new 230m double-ended ro-pax vessels to operate the UK-France ferry service.

The vessels will each be powered by four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 engines, claimed to be the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine. The engine’s high level of fuel efficiency will result in lower exhaust emissions. P&OF has stated that the new vessels “will be the most sustainable ships ever to sail the English Channel, setting new standards for reliability and cost efficiency.”

Karls Hinks, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power, said: “We have worked closely with P&O Ferries and their naval architects on the design of these ships, and in their drive for greater efficiency and lower emission levels that can deliver more sustainable operations. The Wärtsilä 31 is absolutely the right choice for meeting these requirements.”

The engines will be fitted with Wärtsilä Data Communication Units, using artificial intelligence and supported by the company’s Expert Insight condition monitoring platform, to maximise uptime and reduce operating costs.


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