Aussie ferry operator orders Wartsila fuel gas supply systems
Wartsila will supply the engines and fuel gas supply systems to Australian ferry fleet owner TT-Line Company for two new Ro-Pax ferries, it said on August 11. The vessels are being built at the Rauma Marine Constructions yard in Finland.
TT-Line currently operates two ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II, both of which operate with Wartsila engines, on the route between Melbourne, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania. This fleet is now being renewed by building two new 212 m long vessels, which will be powered with LNG fuel to lessen the environmental impact, Wartsila said.
“Keeping in mind the IMO’s stringent emission targets for the future, TT Line has opted for LNG fuelled ferries. Wartsila’s depth of experience and broad portfolio of LNG-fuel solutions for marine applications were prime considerations for us,” said Bernard Dwyer, CEO of TT-Line.
The scope of supply includes, for each ship, four Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel main engines, three 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, and two LNGPac fuel storage, supply, and control systems. Wartsila said that the engines are future-proofed to operate on alternative green fuels as and when the availability evolves.
The new ferries will have a capacity of 1,800 passengers. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2023, with the second one due a year later.