Wärtsilä to provide power for Japan’s first LNG ferries

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Japan is to build its first LNG-fueled ferries. The ships, which will be built for Ferry Sunflower at Mitsubishi’s Shimonoseki shipyard, will have an LNG package consisting of a Wärtsilä 31DF engine, gearbox and LNGPac storage, supply and control system. The project has been adapted for Japan’s energy-conservation rating system for coastal ships.

Keisuke Yasutake, area sales manager Wärtsilä Japan, said the 200-meter-long ships, known as ‘Sunflower Kurenai’ and ‘Sunflower Murasaki,’ will have the capacity to carry 763 passengers, 136 trucks and 100 passengers at a speed of 22.5 knots.

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