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Wärtsilä 3C for dual-fuel LNG ferries

Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply its Control & Communication Centre (3C) to a Canadian shipyard which is building two dual-fuel LNG ferries.

The 3C is an integrated bridge control, navigation, and communication control system, and will form part of an extensive contract covering a range of onboard systems.

The contract was issued in August by Chantier Davie Canada (Davie), Canada's largest shipyard, which is building two Ro-Pax passenger ferries on behalf of the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ).

Besides the 3C, the deal for each vessel includes the supply of 20DF engines, an LNGPac fuel storage and treatment system, and electrical power and automation systems.

The Finnish manufacturer says that it will also provide the yard with site management and commissioning services.

The Ro-Pax ferries will operate on LNG fuel. Wärtsilä says that its dual-fuel engine technology allows a seamless switch to other fuels should it be necessary.

“Wärtsilä's extensive know-how and experience in developing dual-fuel technologies, together with our systems integration capabilities, brings significant added value to customers seeking environmental compliance with operating cost reductions,” said Magnus Miemois, vice president Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

“By being able to offer a total solutions offering and integration support to the shipyard, we can reduce scheduling risks while increasing efficiencies and lowering costs.”

According to Wilco van der Linden, head of business development for Merchant, Cruise and Ferry Solutions at Wärtsilä, “these orders highlight the global emergence of LNG as a prime fuel for ferries, and prove the value of our dual-fuel system for the uninterrupted and safe transport of passengers, cars and rolling cargo.”

The two Ro-Pax double ended passenger ferries are each capable of accommodating 432 passengers and 8 crew members, and offer capacity combinations for up to 115 car equivalent units or 16 tractor semi-trailers.

They are scheduled to start service in 2015 between Tadoussac and Baie-Sainte-Catherine on the Saguenay River in Québec.

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