Wärtsilä profit-sharing deal with Brittany Ferries pays offWritten by Nick Blenkey
A profit-sharing deal based on fuel savings signed by Wärtsilä in 2018 with French operator Brittany Ferries is reported to be delivering significant benefits for both companies.
The installation of Trim and Speed energy management and optimization technology provided by Wärtsilä Voyage in Brittany Ferries’ RoPax vessels, which serve routes between France, the U.K. and Spain, has resulted in a reduction of exhaust emissions that is in line with the operator’s sustainable shipping goals.
Implementation of the Wärtsilä systems on the first vessel covered by the contract, Cap Finistere, was finalized and fully operational in March 2019.
Within six months, the ferry’s fuel consumption was 4 percent less than prior to the installation. This equates to a reduction of approximately 2,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to Brittany Ferries and Wärtsilä calculations.
“The result speaks for itself, with a clear relationship being established between the Wärtsilä Voyage optimization tools and the savings achieved. Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach is focused on delivering high efficiency, environmental sustainability, and cost savings to the customers. This is one more shining example of this commitment,” says Andrew Rayner, Head of Sales, Key Account Solutions, Wärtsilä Voyage.
The partnership included installation and activation onboard of Eniram Platform, Trim and Speed optimization systems, Data Access and Analytics services, Mobile Operations services and training.
The initial contract covered three vessels, Cap Finistere, Pont Aven and Honfleur. More recently, Wärtsilä Voyage received orders for three more ships, the Galicia, Mont St. Michel and Armorique.
“We are delighted with both the fuel savings achieved and the resulting reduction of the ship’s carbon footprint. Our strategy is very much built around environmental performance, and we have already ordered the Wärtsilä Speed and Trim solutions for additional vessels,” says Arnaud Le Poulichet, Technical Director, Brittany Ferries.