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Polar ice-class cruise vessel opts for LNG as primary marine fuel

16 Oct 2018

A polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel being built for the France-based operator Ponant at Vard Søviknes, a part of VARD shipbuilding group in Norway, will be using liquefied natural gas (LNG) primarily as a marine fuel.

“We have ordered the building of a clean ship featuring technologies that go beyond current industry-standard environmental regulations. This is why we have chosen a propulsion format with Wärtsilä’s highly efficient 31DF engine running on LNG,” says Charles Gravatte, Ponant General Secretary.

In addition to four 14-cylinder and two 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31DF engines, technology group Wärtsilä will also supply the fuel gas supply system, it says.

Also included in the scope is Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum advanced navigation equipment, which can later be integrated with an Eniram proactive energy management system delivering predictive insights and mobile alerts.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered in 2020, one year before delivery of Ponant’s polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel. This will be the twelfth ship in Ponant’s fleet of cruise vessels. The previous eleven ships are all powered by Wärtsilä engines.

“Wärtsilä’s cutting-edge technologies are making a huge contribution to creating cleaner, more efficient, and more environmentally sustainable shipping,” says Glenn Mattas, Regional Sales Director, South Europe & Africa, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“This valuable contract is a clear example of this. We are delighted to be supporting Ponant in enabling this cruise ship to meet the highest standards of sustainability.”

Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 16 October, 2018

 

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