Danish operator selects Wärtsilä propulsion solutions for high-speed ferry

Danish operator selects Wärtsilä propulsion solutions for high-speed ferry
The new Molslinjen high-speed ferry is to be built at the Austal yard in the Philippines and will feature a combination of Wärtsilä propulsion solutions. Image courtesy of Austal Ships.

Danish operator Molslinjen has selected Wärtsilä to provide the propulsion solutions for its new 115 metres long high-speed ferry.

The vessel is being built by Austal at the Australian shipbuilder’s yard in the Philippines.

It will feature four Wärtsilä 31 engines, recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, and four high-performance Wärtsilä WXJ1500SRI waterjets.

Wärtsilä will also supply its state-of-the-art ProTouch bridge controls system.

The order with Wärtsilä was placed in May this year.

“This combination of the Wärtsilä 31 engine and WXJ waterjets is unique for fast ferries, delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, reliability, quality and performance. This is an exciting project, and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the level of propulsion demanded,” said Stefan Nysjö, marine power solutions, Wärtsilä Marine.

This large ferry will be capable of carrying 1610 passengers and will have space for 450 cars or 617 lane metres for trucks plus 257 cars. It will have an operating service speed of close to 37 knots.

“The size of the vessel, together with the speed and propulsion efficiency makes this a very special project. It will be, by volume, the largest ferry ever built in our shipyards, and it will offer a powerful, yet economical and environmentally-friendly solution,” said Wayne Murray, president Austal Philippines.

“We have Wärtsilä waterjets on several of our fast ferries, so we are familiar with the quality and performance they deliver. We are also familiar with the Wärtsilä 31 engine, which is really in a class of its own in regards to efficiency,” stated Flemming Kristensen, technical director, Molslinjen.

The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered to the yard commencing in July 2021, and the ferry is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2022. It will operate on the Molslinjen Bornholm route between Ystad and Rønne in Denmark.