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Cat power solutions picked for Stena Line newbuilds

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2016— Pon Power A/S and Caterpillar Marine report that Cat power solutions have been selected to power four 3100 LM RoPax Ferries for Stena Line.

With 3,100 lane m in a drive-through configuration, the 212 m x 27.8 m ferries will each have the capacity to carry 1,000 passengers onboard, including 73 crew members.

They ferries will be at China’s AVIC Weihai shipyard with Deltamarin as the design house.

Each ferry will be equipped with two MaK 12 M 43 C propulsion engines delivering a total power of 25.2 MW, or 12,600 kW @ 514 RPM.

“By combining a set of proven technologies Caterpillar’s solution will provide Stena Line the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades,” said Ulf Hannemann, cruise and ferry segment manager at Caterpillar Marine.

In addition to the engines and required gearboxes, Caterpillar will be supplying two MPP1500F controllable pitch propellers and two MPP1410F controllable pitch propellers.

“The propellers have the unique ability to be put in full feathering position, enabling the vessel to operate with only one propeller in certain modes. This improves vessel flexibility and reduces operating costs while at the same time increases safety on board the vessel” says Mattias Hansson, engineering manager at Caterpillar’s Marine Solution Center. “The full feathering feature is entirely automatic and selectable via the control system.”

Cat dealer Pon Power A/S led Caterpillar efforts on the project and will continue to manage subsequent service of the Caterpillar solutions. “The Stena project is a significant milestone for both Pon Power A/S and Caterpillar Marine as Stena Line is one of the first leading European ferry operators to place such an order from a Chinese shipyard,” said Erik Hass, key account manager at Pon Power A/S.

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