Marine Log

March 31, 2006

More LNG ship propulsion orders for Wartsila

In the first two months of 2006, Wartsila Corporation won orders for a further 16 Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines to power four LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers contracted in Korea.

In January Wartsila won an order to supply two sets of four 50DF engines to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Korea. They will be installed in two dual-fuel-electric LNG carriers contracted by Bergesen Worldwide Gas of Norway, and are the first 50DF engines to be ordered by DSME.

In February Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of Korea ordered two sets of four 50DF dual-fuel engines to power two dual-fuel-electric LNG carriers for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) of Japan.

With these Wartsilanow has orders for 104 50DF engines for 26 dual-fuel-electric LNG ships.

"In very many of the LNG carrier newbuilding projects worldwide, dual-fuel-electric machinery has been preferred over traditionally-applied steam turbine machinery and other machinery alternatives," says Jaakko Eskola, Group Vice President of Wartsila Ship Power. "Higher efficiency and thus lower fuel consumption and a higher degree of redundancy are the keys to the unrivalled success of dual-fuel-electric machinery."

First order from Japan in November

In November, Wartsila received its first dual-fuel engine order from Japan.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will install four 50DF dual-fuel engines each on two 157,000 cu.m LNG carriers for MISC of Malaysia. It will be the first Japanese shipyard to apply dual-fuel-electric machinery.

Jaakko Eskola says "Japan is the second-largest producer of LNG carriers after Korea, so this order is an important milestone. The fact that these are the first dual-fuel engines for MISC, one of the major LNG carrier owners/operators, makes this contract even more notable."

The other orders during the last six months of 2005 came from Korea. Samsung Heavy Industries ordered five sets of four 50DF engines to power one 155,000 cu.m LNG carrier for Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line) of Japan, two 155,000 cu.mLNG carriers for A.P. Moller of Denmark, and two 155,000 cu.m LNG carriers for Chevron. Hyundai Heavy Industries ordered two sets of four 50DF engines to power two 155,000 cu.m LNG carriers for Teekay Shipping of Canada.

Jaakko Eskola points out that "the big players in the LNG segment have all opted for Wartsila dual-fuel engine technology."

The 26 dual-fuel-electric LNG carriers currently on order worldwide, all featuring Wartsila 50DF engines, are being constructed in France, Korea and Japan for A.P. Moller (six ships), Bergesen Worldwide Gas (two ships), BP Shipping (four ships), Chevron (two ships), Gaz de France (two ships), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ("K" Line) (three ships), MISC (two ships), Mitsui OSK Lines (two ships), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) (one ship) and Teekay Shipping (two ships).

Orders for smaller engines types

In addition to these 50DF contracts, Wartsila also received orders for the slightly smaller Wrtsil 32DF dual-fuel engine type.

DSME ordered a twelve-cylinder 32DF to complement the steam turbine machinery installation on a 151,000 cu.m LNG carrier with onboard LNG regasification installation (LNG-RV) for Exmar of Belgium.

West Contractors of Norway ordered one set of four six-cylinder 32DF units to power a dual-fuel-electric offshore supply vessel for Eidesvik Shipping of Norway.

"Dual-fuel engines have so far been selected for onshore power plants, floating production, storage and offloading installations (FPSOs), offshore supply vessels and LNG carriers," says Jaakko Eskola. "On the back of our success in those market segments, we are currently experiencing increased interest in applying the same dual-fuel machinery concepts in other market segments, ranging from floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) to ferries, tugs and even cruise ships".