Engines for new Polish ferries will be manufactured by Wärtsilä - MarinePoland.com
Engines for new Polish ferries will be manufactured by Wärtsilä
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Jakub Milszewski
Date of publication: 15.02.2022

Wärtsilä Group said it has received an order from Remontowa Shipyard to supply engines, fuel storage and power systems for three ferries being built for Polish shipowners.


Wärtsilä said the contract was concluded in January. The ferries will thus be equipped with 31DF dual-fuel engines. The propulsion units can use LNG and bio-LNG, although the shipowners have announced that the ferries will run exclusively with bio-LNG from 2025. The group says that the primary driver for the contract was the performance of the engines in question. Under the contract, Wärtsilä is also to supply Pac's LNG fuel storage, power and control systems.

- The Wärtsilä 31 engine represents the latest engine technology available and this, combined with Wärtsilä's vast experience in LNG solutions, made our choice easy - said Grzegorz Wardzynski, technical director of Polsteam, the parent company of Unity Line.

- Decarbonisation is a central issue for the maritime sector and this is reflected in the choice of Wärtsilä engines for these ferries. Optimal engine performance is key to maximizing fuel consumption and minimizing emissions. The new vessels will become an important part of the Polish transport infrastructure and we are proud to be a partner in this project - said Matthias Becker, General Manager Sales Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Polskie Promy, the company set up to fulfil the order for new vessels for the Polska Żegluga Bałtycka and Polska Żegluga Morska, has signed a contract with Remontowa shipyard for the delivery of three vessels and an optional fourth. Two Ro-Paxys will go to PŻM, i.e. Unity Line, while the third and optionally the fourth one will sail in the colors of PŻB, i.e. Polferries.


During the conference "Perspectives of the Polish shipbuilding industry" Mr. Grzegorz Wardzyński, the technical director of Polska Żegluga Morska talked about the ordered ferries in detail. According to him they will be one of the most modern vessels sailing on the Baltic distinguished by high maneuverability. Each of them will measure 200 meters with 4100 meters of loading line, which is a standard for bigger ferries.

Wardzyński compared the ferries ordered for PŻB and PŻM with the units produced for TT Line. The Polish ferries will have 24 MW of power, while TT Line's ferries will have 36 MW, which is much more power than is needed for the routes and conditions on the Baltic Sea. Wardzynski said the ferries were planned "with full consideration of minimum operating costs".

- There are no main or auxiliary engines on our ferries, there is only one power plant. There are four gensets based on Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines, the most modern Wärtsilä 10V31DF currently on the market. These engines run on LNG with a pilot dose of light fuel, after the 25th year they will be able to easily switch to Bio-LNG, which has no greenhouse effect. Adding 20 percent Bio-LNG to LNG reduces CO2 emissions by 40 percent, - said Wardzyński.

The construction of the ferry has been planned so that the propulsion system can gradually evolve towards a zero-emission propulsion system - ammonia, hydrogen or ethanol.

- At 200 meters long and 32 meters wide, the ferries will have the most convenient cargo line width. On average it is 3100 centimeters, in the case of Polish ferries it will be 3200. - Drivers will definitely not be breaking mirrors on these ferries - commented Wardzyński.

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