Alesund (Norway) - Ponant’s new icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, that is being built at Fincantieri’s Vard Søviknes in Norway and is due to enter service in 2021 will be powered by technology group Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine.
Because the 150-metre long ship will operate in environmentally sensitive Arctic and Antarctic waters, it will operate primarily on LNG. Wärtsilä’s advanced technologies and experience in LNG solutions were cited as key reasons for the selection of the 31DF engines and other Wärtsilä solutions.
“We have ordered the building of a clean ship featuring technologies that go beyond current industry-standard environmental regulations. This is why we have chosen a propulsion format with Wärtsilä’s highly efficient 31DF engine running on LNG,” says Charles Gravatte, Ponant General Secretary.