Wärtsilä to supply LNG system to BC Ferries at shipyard in Poland

Wärtsilä to supply LNG system to BC Ferries at shipyard in Poland

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract by Gdańsk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” S.A., to supply a

comprehensive scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas

handling systems required for the mid-life upgrading of two RoPax ferries and their conversion to

operate on LNG fuel. The ferries, the ‘Spirit of British Columbia’ and the ‘Spirit of Vancouver’, are the

flagship vessels of British Columbia Ferry Services based in Victoria, Canada. The work will be carried by

the Remontowa Shiprepair yard in Poland. The contract with Wärtsilä was placed in March 2016.

“We know and trust Wärtsilä’s broad range of competences, and appreciate the detailed engineering

and attention to schedule that Remontowa and Wärtsilä 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 Wärtsilä 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 Wärtsilä and the

shipyard. The Wärtsilä 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 Wärtsilä and Remontowa, as

well as detailed LNG feasibility studies. Wärtsilä’s 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.



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