Corsica Ferries using Wärtsilä’s decarbonisation modelling for its ships

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has revealed that it will carry out decarbonisation modelling on two vessels in the fleet of Franco-Italian ferry company Corsica Ferries.

Corsica Ferries

The vessels Mega Express and Mega Express II are 176-metre-long sister vessels. Both operate with Wärtsilä engines and propellers.

Propeller re-blading and hybridisation will be among the technologies to be evaluated during the modelling, as well as Wärtsilä’s Energoprofin energy-saving propeller cap solution, and the company’s fuel consumption-reducing air lubrication.

According to the partners, the study will create a digital model of the two ships to simulate the effect of various decarbonisation technologies on their environmental compliance. This will enable accurate evaluation of the efficiency gains possible through the implementation of the latest technical innovations. The order was booked by Wärtsilä in March 2023.

“It is a huge benefit to be able to simulate in advance how various products, solutions, and systems will impact efficiency. This will help us in our efforts to decarbonise fleet operations and meet our sustainability goals. We respect Wärtsilä’s experience and capabilities, and are pleased to continue the good relationship between our companies with this modelling programme,” said Nicolò Verrina, Energy Transition Naval Architect & Ocean Engineer, Corsica Ferries.

“The IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) legislation is driving the industry’s move towards greater efficiencies and reduced CO2 emissions,” stated Giulio Pacini, Manager Decarbonisation Services, Project Services at Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä’s Fleet Decarbonisation Service is designed to tackle the challenge of environmental regulatory compliance. The service enables operators to decide on the optimal route to decarbonised operations, the company noted.