The company’s fleet of two Orca Class roll-on/roll-off cargo ships (M.V. Midnight Sun and M.V. North Star) transport about one-third of all the goods required by the inhabitants of Alaska, including essential items such as food, household goods, vehicles, construction materials and military supply support. “Maintaining reliable, on time service is critical to Totem Ocean’s customers as well as the economy and citizens of Alaska,” said John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean.
Each of the vessels will be equipped with four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and generator sets. These engines can be run either on natural gas, light fuel oil or heavy fuel oil. Wärtsilä will also provide the vessels with two 1100 m³ LNG fuel storage tanks and the associated automaton and fuel gas handling systems (LNGPac™). Besides, the company is in charge of the design, engineering and integration of the system, and project and site management for its scope of supply.
“It is an unprecedentedly exciting time to be in the maritime industry. Economic constraints and the need to comply with environmental legislation have combined to accelerate the switch to LNG. We are uniquely positioned to enable this transition since we have been a leader in developing the appropriate technology for nearly 30 years. We look forward to working with TOTE so that they can realize the benefits that LNG as a marine fuel can provide,” commented Björn Rosengren, president and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.
Source: Totem Ocean