Marine Log

May 30, 2006

Wartsila power for Tallink and Color Line

Wartsila Corporation has been awarded engines contracts for three significant Aker Finnyards newbuildings: Tallink's fourth new cruise ferry and Color Line's two new high-speed Ro-Ro passenger ferries,


The order for the main and auxiliary engines for the Tallink Grupp AS ship is a repeat order.

The ferry will be built at Aker Finnyards' Helsinki Shipyard with delivery in summer 2008.

The Wartsila engines give the newbuilding a compact, low weight machinery plant with excellent fuel consumption.

Wartsila will deliver the complete outfit of four 16-cylinder Wartsila 32 main engines with a combined power of 24,000 kW, two Wartsila twin input/single output reduction gears, and three six-cylinder Wartsila Vasa 32 auxiliary engines totalling 7,380 kW.

Wartsila has already delivered the machinery for three previous Tallink cruise ferry newbuildings, the "Romantika" which entered service in 2002, the "Victoria I" of 2004, and the "Galaxy" which is due to go on her maiden voyage in May 2006. Tallink operates in the Baltic, mainly between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland, across the Gulf of Finland and directly between Tallinn and Stockholm, Sweden.

The newbuilding will be broadly similar to the sister ships. It will be 212 m long and 29 m wide, with accommodations for 2,800 passengers together with a large Ro-Ro capacity for vehicles, road trailers, Mafi trailers, cars, coaches, etc.

Passenger accommodations will include 927 cabins, several restaurants and bars as well as a 450-seat conference center.

The principal difference in the newbuilding will be a greater service speed of 24.5 knots.

Wartsila will also deliver the basic design of the engine room together with the workshop documentation for the newbuilding owing to a change in the main engine type. The previous vessels in the class are each equipped with four 16-cylinder Wartsila Vasa 32 main engines in Vee-form configuration and three six-cylinder Wartsila Vasa 32LN type auxiliary generating sets.

Although the Wartsila engines were selected mainly as a repeat of the three previous ships, the change in engine type gives the required increased power to comply with the requested increased cruising speed, in a still compact machinery plant of minimum weight. The Wartsila 32 main engines also have a low fuel consumption for their class, even taking into account their directly driven engine-driven pumps.


The two new high-speed Ro-Ro passenger ferries for Color Line AS are being built at Aker Yards' Rauma shipyard and will provide major transportation links between Norway and Denmark.

For each ferry, Wartsila will deliver four nine-cylinder Wartsila 46 main engines with a combined maximum continuous power of 38,400 kW, together with four six-cylinder Wartsila 32 auxiliary engines of 12,000 kW combined maximum power.

The auxiliary engines will be equipped with common-rail fuel injection to ensure lower exhaust emissions, and operation without visible smoke.

Wartsilawill also deliver a CBM (Condition Based Maintenance) System covering both main and auxiliary engines.

CBM is a system that supports preventive maintenance and fault avoidance by monitoring engine condition, analyzing trends and diagnosing faults. CBM reduces overall maintenance and operational costs with increased safety and reliability.

Color Line will operate the two ferries on the Color Superspeed service across the Skagerrak between Norway and Denmark.

The first vessel is due to enter service on the Kristiansand--Hirtshals route in December 2007 and the second in April 2008 on the Larvik - Hirtshals route.

The 33,500 grt ferries will have a length of 211.3 m and a breadth of 25.8 m. They will each carry up to 1,900 passengers and have some 2000 m lane meters on their vehicle decks for all types of Ro-Ro vehicles and cargo. Their service speed of up to 27 knots will reduce the crossing times between Kristiansand and Hirtshals to three-and-one-quarter hours and between Larvik and Hirtshals to three-and-three-quarters hours. The ferries are designed for very efficient turn-round in ports of no more than 45 minutes.

The choice of Wartsila engines for these two new ferries was made on the basis of good operating experience with Wartsila's engines in other Color Line vessels: the latest being the cruise ferry "Color Fantasy" built at Aker Yards in Turku, Finland.

Installation of the engines will incorporate special measures to ensure compliance with the noise and vibration limits set by the Comfort Class notation of Det Norske Veritas.

Color Line staff will receive training at Wartsila's Land & Sea Academy in Turku, Finland.