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Zero emissions featured with new Wärtsilä ferry concept

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 13 January 2016 at 9.30 am EET

A complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle
ferries, featuring zero or low emissions, is being launched by Wärtsilä. The
concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government's new
environmental regulations for ferries emphasising the elimination of harmful
emissions. This trend is also evident in a number of other countries.

The concept has been developed through cooperation between Wärtsilä's Ship
Design and Electrical & Automation offices. The single solution offering
provides customers with an optimised design and a single point of contact,
thereby streamlining the engineering, integration, and follow-up procedures
throughout the project phase.

The design characteristic focuses on high energy efficiency with low resistance,
both above and below the water line. The ferries are designed to run entirely on
batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are
liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biofuel. In plug-in operation, the fuel
consumption is reduced by 100 percent compared to conventional installations,
and all local emissions are completely eliminated. With the plug-in hybrid
configuration, emissions are reduced by up to 50 percent.

"Wärtsilä is fully committed to producing ship designs, marine products, and
integrated solutions that make a significant contribution towards lowering the
environmental footprint of shipping. This new concept is one more example of
this focus. By making it possible for ferries to eliminate exhaust emissions
entirely, we feel that we are again acting proactively to protect the marine
environment," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Marine

The concept features Wärtsilä's new wireless inductive charging system, which
for typical shuttle ferry operations involving 20,000 or more departures a year,
is considered a notable benefit because of its time and energy savings. The
system eliminates physical cable connections, thus reducing wear and tear and
enabling charging to begin immediately when the vessel arrives at quay.

The design also encompasses a complete electrical and automation package based
on the company's battery/hybrid solution. It also includes Wärtsilä azimuth
propulsion units and a complete bridge control system. The ferry series can
accommodate 60 to 120 cars on a single car deck for quick and easy loading and

In addition to this design concept for newbuilds, Wärtsilä can also provide
battery and hybrid solutions for retrofitting existing ferry propulsion units in
order to meet the new regulations.

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Caption: The new Wärtsilä ferry concept featuring zero exhaust emissions.

Media contacts:

Mr Åsmund Hellesøy
General Manager Sales, Ship Design
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +47 90935696

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine
and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the
vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately
17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in
nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Helsinki, Finland

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