Wärtsilä supports low-emission operations on two new P&O Ferries ropaxes

2024-03-15T17:46:42+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Environment|

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has signed a lifecycle agreement with UK-based P&O Ferries.

The five-year agreement covers two new double-ended ropaxes, ‘Pioneer’ and the ‘Liberté’, and is designed to optimise and ensure minimal impact on their operations, while providing maintenance cost predictability.

Ferries have a huge role to play in meeting the growing demand for environmentally sustainable transport options. That’s why it is especially crucial for ferry operations to run smoothly and efficiently, in order to avoid unnecessary costs, fuel consumption and emissions, Wärtsilä said.

The agreement’s scope includes parts and maintenance services, as well as maintenance planning, operational support and Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance service.

As a result, issues can be identified before they cause a delay in the schedule. Delays are a big problem for ferry operators, as the vessel will need to make up time through increasing speed which, consequently, will result in higher fuel bills and emissions.

“We are focused on making P&O Ferries the best ferry company in Europe and this includes doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment,” said Stephen Pitt, Senior Procurement Manager, P&O Ferries.

“The ability to leverage Wärtsilä’s advanced digital solutions is central to this – helping us to improve vessel uptime, save fuel and decrease emissions.”

Both vessels feature hybrid propulsion with battery power and four Wärtsilä 31 main engines. They are expected to produce 40% less emissions than the ships they replaced.

By ensuring their optimal performance, the agreement will further enhance the ships’ environmental sustainability, Wärtsilä added.

“Wärtsilä shares P&O Ferries’ commitment to de-carbonising shipping operations. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to support these two environmentally friendly ferries by optimising their operational performance.

“The lifecycle agreement represents a partnership for highest operational efficiency, and the experts supported by digital tools to ensure minimal interruption, as well as reliable and sustainable operations,” added Lee Martindale, General Manager, Sales for UK & Ireland, Wärtsilä.

‘Pioneer’ commenced commercial operations in June, 2023, while the ‘Liberté’ is scheduled to enter service in early 2024.

The 230 m long ships are the world’s largest double-ended ferries, and sail between Dover, England and Calais, France.