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Scania engines: a natural choice

A four-pack of Scania marine engines is helping to provide environmentally friendly transport for Australia’s Gladstone Gas Project.

In Queenland, Australia, the first in a five-boat order of 400-passenger Enviro Cat ferries has been delivered and is now in operation as part of the Gladstone Gas Project, a massive project now under development to process coal-seam gas into liquefied natural gas.

The ferry was delivered to Transit Systems in 2011 for use in the Gladstone project as part of the transit service between Gladstone Harbour and Curtis Island on the central Queensland coast.

The ferry, delivered on time and on budget, is powered by four Scania 12-litre marine engines that use less fuel per passenger than a small four-cylinder passenger car. The six-cylinder 11.7-litre engines each produce up to 700 hp at 2,300 r/min and 2,138 Nm of torque, thanks to turbocharging and charge cooling along with the Scania EMS (engine management system) and electronic unit fuel injector technology.

The hull and machinery of the new ferry were specifically designed and developed to protect maritime flora and fauna and to provide low wake, low emissions, ultra-low fuel consumption and the capacity to maintain the delicate environmental balance in the Curtis Island region.

“The operator has good knowledge of Scania engines, which are used in his Bay Islands Transit business, and he really likes them,” says André Arm, Scania Australia Manager for industrial and marine engines. “When we explained the advantages of four engines, two per hull, plus the compatibility of these engines with other Scania engines he already uses plus the fuel efficiency of our inline six cylinders, the deal was secure.”

Scania plans to deliver engines for four more vessels of the same type in 2012.