Global technology group Wärtsilä will provide a complete LNG package for two new ferries being built in Japan by Ferry Sunflower, a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.

For the project, Wärtsilä will supply a 31DF engine, gearbox, and LNGPac storage, supply and control system.

The ships are currently being built at Mitsubishi’s Shimonoseki shipyard in Japan and will be the first LNG-fuelled ferries to be built in Japan.

“Wärtsilä’s vast experience and know-how in LNG solutions for the marine sector is again recognised with this landmark order for the first Japanese built LNG-fuelled ferries,” said Keisuke Yasutake, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Japan.

“We are able to offer LNG-based products and systems having a proven design and high performance, with a strong reference list that supports our value proposition.”

Approximately 200 meters long, the ships called ‘Sunflower Kurenai’ and ‘Sunflower Murasaki’, will be capable of carrying approximately 763 passengers, 136 trucks and 100 passenger cars at a speed of 22.5 knots.

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Source: Wärtsilä