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Fully integrated LNG set-up for high-speed catamaran

Thursday, 08 Nov 2018

Technology group Wärtsilä is to supply dual-fuel engines, waterjets and an LNG fuel gas storage and supply system for the largest-ever high-speed catamaran, currently under construction at Spain’s Armon Gijón shipyard for ferry operator Baleària.

Baleària’s new high-speed catamaran will be the largest such vessel to operate on LNG (Image: Baleària)

The EUR 90 million vessel, due to enter service in summer 2020, will have four Wärtsilä 31DF engines, four waterjets and a Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel gas storage and supply system.
The 125m-long aluminium catamaran, capable of carrying 1,200 passengers and 500 cars, or 250 cars and 500 lane-metres of trucks, will have a service speed of 35 knots, a maximum speed of more than 40 knots and a range of more than 400 nautical miles. Wärtsilä will deliver the supply package during the second half of 2019.
“This ferry will very much shape the future for high-speed, gas-powered catamarans and trimarans,” said Juan M. Paino, the shipbuilder’s chief technology officer. “This completely new design, which optimises the performance of the ship not only in terms of speed but also in seakeeping, and which utilises Wärtsilä’s LNG technology, makes this a breakthrough vessel. The use of LNG allows us to fulfil our commitment to the environment and to energy efficiency while also keeping us one step ahead of the new pollutant gas reduction regulations scheduled for 2020.”