Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä has been chosen to supply the main engines and auxiliary generating sets for a new Scottish-owned ferry.
The RoPax vessel, meaning that it is designed for transporting both wheeled cargo and passengers, was ordered by Lloyds Banking Group and leased by Caledonian Maritime Assets, Ltd (CMAL).
The RoPax vessel, designed to carry 700 passengers and 143 cars or 26 trucks, is being built at the Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft shipyard in Germany and scheduled to go into service in 2014.
― We are pleased to announce that Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engines are to be installed on the new build ferry currently being designed at Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft, says Andrew Duncan, Director of Vessels at Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited.
― The engines were selected as the most suitable for the project due to their overall performance in terms of fuel consumption, emissions, weight and size.
The shipyard requirements were that the engines must be commercially competitive, compact and light in weight.
Wärtsilä will deliver two 8-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 32 main engines and three 8-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 20 gensets whose total weight will be only 151,4 tons which is the lowest in their class. .
Good fuel efficiency and low levels of emissions were also important considerations in the selection process.
The new ferry must be capable of round-the-clock operation since it will replace two existing ferries on the route connecting the mainland of northwest Scotland with the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.