Wartsila to supply LNG systems for BC Ferries upgrades

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(HELSINKI) — Wartsila has been awarded the contract by Gdansk ship repair yard Remontowa S.A. to supply a comprehensive scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas handling systems required for the midlife upgrading of two ro-pax ferries and their conversion to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ferries, Spirit of British Columbia and Spirit of Vancouver, are the flagship vessels of British Columbia Ferry Services (BC Ferries) based in Victoria, British Columbia. The work will be carried by the Remontowa in Poland. The contract with Wartsila was placed in March.

“We know and trust Wartsila’s broad range of competencies, and appreciate the detailed engineering and attention to schedule that Remontowa and Wartsila have undertaken for the completion of this project. The broad scope of equipment needed heightens considerably the importance of systems integration and LNG experience and in this we believe that Wartsila is one of the best in the marine sector,” said Mark Wilson, vice president, engineering, BC Ferries.

The work on the first of these ships will be carried out during the 2017-18 winter season, and during the following winter season for the second vessel. This means that the time allowed for completing the work is just seven months, including a delivery voyage of more than one month each way. This demanding schedule requires excellent logistics and integrated planning between Wartsila and the shipyard. The Wartsila equipment will be delivered to the shipyard in mid-2017 and mid-2018 prior to the arrival of the vessels.

The complexity of this project required intensive preparations between Wartsila and Remontowa, as well as detailed LNG feasibility studies. Wartsila’s unique capabilities as a systems integrator, together with the company’s unmatched portfolio of products, systems and solutions, was an essential element in bringing the project planning to fruition. Wartsila has also been able to demonstrate its ability to undertake extended responsibilities beyond merely supplying the new equipment and upgrading the propulsion and maneuvering installations.

“We congratulate British Columbia Ferry Services for having the foresight and vision to undertake these midlife upgrades, and for making the two ships environmentally sustainable by converting them to operate on LNG fuel. We are also very pleased to be working on a major project again with the Remontowa yard, with whom we have had good cooperation in the past,” said Aaron Bresnahan, vice president, sales, Wartsila Marine Solutions.

“This is an extensive project involving both conversion of the ships to upgrade their performance, as well as the gas conversion work. Fortunately, we have worked in the past with Wartsila and have good confidence in both their solutions and their capabilities,” said Lucjan Falkiewicz, project manager for BC Ferries' MLU project, Remontowa.

The full scope of Wartsila’s supply includes four Wartsila 34DF dual-fuel engines with fuel gas systems, integrated automation systems and power management systems, the Wartsila Pro-Touch propulsion control system, the power transmission systems comprising two gearboxes, the Wartsila LNGPac comprising the fuel storage tank, bunkering station, gas detection system and process control automation, Wartsila rudders, site representation and integration engineering, and crew training. The upgrading work will involve surveying the stern tube and renewing components, surveying and overhauling the controllable pitch propeller (CPP) hubs, redesigning and renewing the CPP propeller blades, surveying, renewing and overhauling the oil distribution boxes, and renewing two bow thrusters and E motors.

In December 2014, Wartsila was contracted to supply the dual-fuel machinery for three new ferries being built at the Remontowa yard on behalf of British Columbia Ferry Services.

By Professional Mariner Staff