Brittany Ferries signs long-term service agreement with Wärtsilä

Brittany Ferries signs long-term service agreement with Wärtsilä
Brittany Ferries newest RoPax vessel the Salamanca

Brittany Ferries has signed a 10-year service agreement with Wärtsilä to secure long-term technical support for its scope of solutions installed on Brittany Ferries’ new LNG-fuelled ferry.

The latest RoPax vessel, the Salamanca is the first LNG-fuelled passenger ferry to operate from the U.K. The vessel’s multi-fuel Wärtsilä engines are also adapted to utilise even cleaner fuels, such as synthetic or bio-methane, as and when they become available.

The scope of the service agreement includes remote operational support and Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight digital predictive maintenance solution. Expert Insight combines artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and advanced diagnostics with the company’s OEM expertise to identify anomalous equipment or system behaviour. It proactively identifies and highlights potential failures allowing appropriate actions to be taken, thus ensuring optimal uptime.

The agreement also includes long-term maintenance planning emphasising a fully controlled and optimised maintenance budget. With round-the-clock technical and operational support provided from Wärtsilä’s Expertise Centres.

Wärtsilä 20 Dual-Fuel engines on board the Salamanca

“We have a responsibility to operate as environmentally efficiently as possible and the choice of LNG-fuelled propulsion is in line with this commitment,” said Arnaud Le Poulichet, director engineering and maintenance Brittany Ferries. “The advanced technical support provided by Wärtsilä will optimise the ship’s operational performance, thus further raising its level of sustainability.”

The Salamanca was built at the CMJL (China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai)) facilities in China.

The agreement was signed in December 2021. The ferry will be inaugurated on March 25 and make its first commercial sailing from Portsmouth, U.K. to Bilbao, Spain on March 27.