Wärtsilä to power first UK dual-fuel ferries

Finnish engineering company Wärtsila is to power the UK’s first dual-fuel ferries being built for Scotland-based Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL), the company said. Under the contract signed between the duo in December 2015, Wärtsila is also to supply extended engineering and site support services.
Wärtsila will supply each of the ships with two 6-cylinder main engines capable of operating on either LNG or conventional diesel fuels, two 6-cylinder auxiliary engines, horizontally offset gearboxes, shaft lines, seals and bearings, and controllable pitch propeller systems. The 102 metres long RO-RO ships are being built by Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited at a shipyard in Glasgow, and are scheduled to enter service during the second half of 2018 and will operate on various routes along the west coast of Scotland.