The barges are being built for Belgium based Plouvier Transport N.V. The hulls are under construction at VEKA Shipbuilding BV's CENTROMOST shipyard in Poland and outfitting will be carried out at VEKA's Werkendam shipyard in the Netherlands.
The barges will operate primarily on LNG and, for each barge, Wärtsilä will also supply a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel main engine, a gearbox, an LNGPac fuel gas handling system (developed in close cooperation with Cryonorm), and a Wärtsilä propeller with an HR nozzle. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards commencing in June 2016.The contract with Wärtsilä was concluded in December.
"Wärtsilä's total solution capabilities, and its unmatched experience in LNG fuel machinery and systems for marine applications, are providing leading shipowners and operators with the added value they require. We salute everyone involved in this important project for their support in making inland waterway shipping more environmentally sustainable," says Bram Kruyt, Director Inland Waterways, Wärtsilä.