FEBRUARY 10, 2016 — Sixteen gas carriers being built in Japanese shipyards for Japanese owners are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional diesel fuels.
The vessels each have a gas cargo capacity of between 155,000 and 180,000 cu. m and will be be primarily used for deliveries of U.S. shale gas to Japan.
The contracts for the engines were all placed between the second half of 2014 and December 2015 and cover the supply of 20 nine-cylinder, 25 six-cylinder and 16 eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. This total of 61 engines that will be running primarily on LNG mark a notable expansion of Japan's gas fueled merchant fleet. These will be the first Wärtsilä 50DF engines delivered for Japan's LNG carrier market. The first of the Wärtsilä machinery was delivered at the end of December 2015.
"We at Wärtsilä have always been at the forefront in making it possible, through our technologies, for LNG to become a viable marine fuel," says Lars Anderson, Vice President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. "This experience, our unmatched track record in gas propulsion applications, and our well proven dual-fuel solutions are why these contracts were awarded to Wärtsilä. We are honored and pleased to be making this contribution to Japan's ongoing shift into shipping's gas age."