Two new passenger ferries being built at Swiss shipyard, Shiptec AG, are to have high-speed Wärtsilä 14 engines complying with the EU Stage V emission standard for inland waterway vessels. The 60m-long ferries, with capacity for 700 passengers, will be owned and operated by Lausanne-based General Navigation Company (CGN) and deployed on Lake Geneva, linking Switzerland and France.
The engine, which Wärtsilä claims is the most compact unit in the power range, is suitable both for main propulsion and auxiliary applications. It is available with twelve- or 16-cylinders in power ranges from 749 to 1340 kWm in mechanical propulsion, and between 674 and 1155 kWe in auxiliary and diesel-electric propulsion.
Martin Einsiedler, head of Naval Architecture and Engineering at Shiptec, commented: “Minimising the emissions from their operations is of great importance to CGN, and these new vessels are designed to operate cleanly and efficiently. The Wärtsilä engine was chosen with these criteria very much in mind.”
The first ferry is scheduled for commissioning in December 2022, with delivery of the second vessel approximately one year later.