Stena RoRo has selected the Finnish technology group Wärtsilä to provide a broad scope of power solution for three new LNG-fueled Ro-Pax vessels.
China Merchants Jinling Weihai received orders for three E-Flexer newbuilds in the ROPAX class from the “old customer” Swedish Stena RoRo Group in July 2021. These orders consolidated the Chinese shipyard’s leading position in the RoRo passenger ship market.
“(Wärtsilä’s) experience and leading know-how in LNG technologies is especially important to us as we move to decarbonize our services,” said Per Westling from Stena RoRo.
Low-carbon marine fuel LNG closes the gap in the practical application of zero-carbon fuel in the maritime industry. The future, therefore, heralds a mix of fuel options.
The equipment’s delivery to the yard starts in the last quarter of 2022. The shipyard will deliver the ships in 2024 and 2025.
The scope of power solution for three newbuild Ro-Pax
Wärtsilä provides a broad scope of power solution for three new LNG-fueled Ro-Pax vessels.
Each vessel is a part of a series of E-Flexer class ferries that Stena RoRo ordered for European line service. For each ship, Wärtsilä will supply:
- Wärtsilä 46DF dual-fuel main engines;
- Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines;
- two gearboxes;
- two controllable pitch propellers (CPP);
- the tunnel thrusters, and the fuel gas supply system.
Having a single supplier of a large scope package provides multiple benefits. These include system compatibility and seamless interfacing during the procurement phase of the project. This notably lessens the risk of project delays, says Wärtsilä.
Wärtsilä is working closely with Stena RoRo to ensure that one of the vessels meets DNV’s Silent-E class notification.
Wärtsilä will also supply the ships with Nacos navigation and automation, as well as integrated control alarm and monitoring system MCS Platinum together with the performance monitoring system. The vessels will also feature Wärtsilä’s Smart Panoramic Edge Camera System.
Stena RoRo leases about fifteen vessels to operators worldwide, both to other Stena companies and third parties.