October 23, 2003

Another RFA order for Wartsila

Wartsila Corporation has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to supply four diesel generating sets for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel "Fort Austin".

The four gensets will each be powered by a Wartsila 8L20 diesel to give an electrical output of 1290 kWe at 900 rpm. The sets will replace the existing outfit of eight smaller, faster-running sets. They will be delivered in January 2004, and installed during the ship's forthcoming refit.

Replacing the gensets will give the "Fort Austin" the benefits of modern machinery, designed and built for greater reliability and reduced maintenance, thereby lowering the overall costs.

The 23,400 tonnes displacement "Fort Austin" was built in 1979 and is propelled by a Sulzer low-speed diesel. It carries ammunition and other stores for replenishing Royal Navy warships at sea.

This is the latest in a series of contracts concerning RN and RFA ships awarded to Wartsila. The RFA vessel "Sir Bedivere" was re-engined in 1996. Newbuildings with Wartsila engines include the RFA fleet oilers "Wave Knight" and "Wave Ruler", the landing platform dock (LPD) vessels HMS "Albion" and HMS "Bulwark", the Bay class of four LSD(A) (landing ships dock auxiliary) vessels and the Type 45 air defense destroyers. HMS "Albion" and "Bulwark" are also equipped with Lips propellers and the Bay class with Lips azimuthing thrusters.

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