Hybrid Lake Geneva ferries to have EU Stage V Wärtsilä 14 engines

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The 60 meter long, 700 passenger capacity vessels will feature advanced hybrid power and propulsion systems [Image copyright Omega Architects B.V.}

Wärtsilä has been selected to supply the engines and related emissions control after-treatment systems for two new passenger ferries being built for operation between Switzerland and France across Lake Geneva.

The ferries, with aluminum hulls and superstructures, are being built at the Shiptec AG shipyard in Switzerland for General Navigation Company (CGN), a Swiss ferry operator based in Lausanne.

The 60 meter long, 700 passenger capacity vessels will feature advanced hybrid power and propulsion systems, with two 920 kW diesel engines, two 225 kW electric motors and a 599 kWh Leclanché battery pack.

The high-speed Wärtsilä 14 engines chosen for the project are compliant with the stringent EU Stage V emissions standard for inland waterway vessels, which came into force in the EU earlier this year. High efficiency and environmental compliance were key factors in the selection of this engine.

“Environmental sustainability was strongly emphasized in the specifications for this newbuild project. We are, therefore, extremely pleased and proud that the Wärtsilä 14 engine was selected to provide the power and reliability needed, while complying with the EU Stage V emissions standard,” says Johan Penninga, Account Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

“Minimizing the emissions from their operations is of great importance to CGN, and these new vessels are designed to operate cleanly and efficiently. The Wärtsilä engine was chosen with these criteria very much in mind,” says Martin Einsiedler, Head of naval architecture and engineering at Shiptec.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery beginning in summer 2021, and the first vessel is expected to commence commercial operations in December 2022. The second ferry will be delivered approximately one year later.

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