Finland's renowned maritime technology company Wärtsilä will build the main and auxiliary engines as well as the fuel storage and supply system for a new LNG fueled Italian ferry in Turkey. The ship, which is under construction at Turkey's Sefine shipyard, has been ordered by Milazzo-based Caronte & Tourist Isole Minori, Italy.
Sefine Denizcilik Tersanecilik Turizm A.Ş., one of the Koloğlu Holding companies, had previously delivered the electric ferry Basto Electric NB42 to the Norwegian company Basto Fosen.
Order placed in Wärtsilä in the first quarter of 2021
The company will supply two Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engines, two Wärts i lä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, two Wärtsilä Gas Valve Units and a Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system.
All equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the shipyard in the spring of 2022 and the ferry is expected to be delivered the following year.
“We know Wärtsilä very well and value both their products and their support very well. Luigi Genghi, General Manager of Caronte & Tourist, said, “When the decision was made to work primarily with LNG fuel, Wärtsilä turned out to be the most experienced and qualified supplier to use.”
“This is our second project for the same owner and shipyard, and repeated orders are always an encouraging expression of satisfaction. Our ferry reference list, powered by the Wärtsilä 34DF engine, is truly impressive and we are pleased to add it to the list with this order.
“The flexibility of our dual fuel technology is important to ferry operators because of the importance of redundancy. Wärtsilä Marine Power Senior Sales Manager Giammario Meloni, if for some reason LNG is not available, the engine can switch to a conventional fuel in milliseconds and the ferry service continues uninterrupted.
The 109,98 m long ferry will be capable of accommodating up to 800 people and 115 vehicles on two vehicle decks. It will operate primarily between Milazzo in Sicily and the Aeolian islands.
The electric ferry previously produced by Sefine Shipyard floats in Norwegian waters
Sefine Shipyard General Manager Dr. Süleyman Akın Tuzcuoğlu said, “We are happy to have delivered the world's largest electric ferry in its class to Norway, our largest market.”
Sefine Denizcilik Tersanecilik Turizm A.Ş., one of the Koloğlu Holding companies, delivered the electric ferry Basto Electric NB42 to the Norwegian company Basto Fosen.
According to the company statement, Basto Electric NB600, manufactured by Sefine Shipyard, with a total capacity of 200 passengers and 42 passenger vehicles, successfully passed the equipment and hardware tests applied during its trial cruises.
Sefine Shipyard General Manager Dr. Süleyman Akın Tuzcuoğlu stated that they are assertive in foreign markets and said, “We have reached a size of 200 million dollars in exports. We are pleased to have delivered the world's largest electric ferry in its class to Norway, our largest market.
The most important feature of the ferries we have developed for Norway is that they are environmentally friendly. NB4,3, which is one of the vehicles with the highest battery capacity among passenger ferries with 42 MW, will serve in the Moss-Horten region, which is the busiest ferry route in the country. With the ferry, which is accepted as the starting point for electric vehicles in the region, the environmental footprint of the route is expected to decrease significantly.' used the phrases.
Basto Electric NB145, a hybrid ferry with a Lithium ION battery with a length of approximately 42 meters, is among the important representatives of environmentally friendly ships with zero emissions. The ferry, which provides the necessary power to the propulsion system from its batteries, reduces gas emissions on its route by 80 percent. In addition, the batteries can be charged during loading and unloading, with the fast charging feature, without wasting time.