Wartsila will equip Poland’s first LNG-powered RoPax vessels

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Polish shipyard Remontowa has chosen Finland’s Wartsila for the delivery of engines, fuel storage and supply systems for three new RoPax vessels.

These would be the first RoPax vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be built for the Polish maritime industry.

With a total length of 195m, the vessels will be operated by ferry companies Unity Line and Polferries.

They will have 4,100 meters of lane for vehicles as well as space to accommodate 400 passengers.

The vessels will provide services between the Swedish ports of Ystad and Trelleborg and Swinoujscie, Poland.

Each vessel will be equipped with four Wartsila 31DF dual-fuel engines, which can run on either all-bio LNG or a mix of bio and conventional LNG.

Operators aim to run vessels entirely on bio-LNG by 2025.

In addition to the Wartsila 31DF engines, the company will also deliver its LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system.

Grzegorz Wardzyński, Technical Director of Polsteam, parent company of Unity Line, said: “High efficiency and sustainability are essential in today’s operating environment, especially in the Baltic Sea, which is a control zone for emissions. The Wartsila 31 engine represents the latest engine technology available and this, together with Wartsila’s extensive experience in LNG solutions, made the choice easier for us.

Matthias Becker, General Sales Manager of Wartsila Marine Power, added: “Decarbonisation is a high-profile issue for the marine industry, and this focus is reflected in the choice of Wartsila engines for these ferries.

“Optimal engine performance is key to maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing exhaust emissions. These new vessels will become an important part of Poland’s transport infrastructure, and we are proud to be a partner in this project.

Last month, Wartsila received its first order from Van Oord for five methanol-fueled Wartsila 32 engines.

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