Wärtsilä to supply hybrid solution for new Isle of Man

2021-02-12T19:14:01+00:00 February 12th, 2021|Technology|

Wärtsilä is to supply a range of equipment for a new 132 m long ropax ordered by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IOMSP).

She is being built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and will serve the Heysham to Douglas, Isle of Man route.

The order was placed in the second quarter of 2020.

Wärtsilä had worked closely with IOMSP to develop a customised integrated solution based on the ship’s operating profile and customer-specific requirements. Reliability, efficiency, and low operating costs were key considerations.

Central to the design is the 4-stroke Wärtsilä 31 engine, which can use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in a condition based maintenance regime.

“We have selected Wärtsilä as their solution brings notable advantages in terms of system integration and operational optimisation. It will also have the flexibility to take advantage of alternative future fuels as they become available.

“Wärtsilä has the experience to deliver a state-of-the-art bridge to propeller solution, along with the track-record needed for this complex newbuild project,” said Jim Royston, IOMSP’s Fleet Operations and Project Manager.

“The Hybrid solution, combining highly efficient engines and energy storage, is increasingly being seen as a practical means for meeting today’s environmental and operating challenges. This solution lowers emission levels and extends the time between engine overhauls, and is an effective future-proof model for ship owners,” added Karl Hinks, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Wärtsilä will supply the engines, electrical and automation including the low loss concept (LLC), the energy storage system, and propulsion machinery, including the transverse thrusters.

Also included is the latest NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system along with a newly developed bridge console design and Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV ballast water management system.

The equipment is due to be delivered to the yard during the latter part of this year.