French cruise company Ponant in late 2017 commissioned VARD shipbuilding group of Norway to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fuelled luxury polar expedition cruise vessel, the first of it’s kind in the world. Now Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has revealed it’s 31DF dual-fuel engine has been selected to power the vessel.
The order was placed with Wärtsilä in the second quarter of 2018, for installation on the vessel being built at Vard Søviknes, one of the company’s nine shipbuilding yards.
Because the 150-metre long ship will operate in environmentally sensitive Arctic and Antarctic waters, it will operate primarily on LNG. Wärtsilä’s advanced technologies and experience in LNG solutions were cited as key reasons for the selection of the 31DF engines and other Wärtsilä solutions.
“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, Wärtsilä will also supply the fuel gas supply system, chosen because of the company’s experience and references in gas containment and gas fuel systems. 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. Eniram is a Wärtsilä company.
The company’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision is to use high levels of connectivity and digitalisation in enabling the efficient use of resources, the highest levels of safety, and the least possible impact on the environment.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered in 2020, one year before delivery of Ponant’s polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel.