APRIL 8, 2016 — Wärtsilä is to supply Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating sets for eight new 13,500 TEU container vessels being built for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). Four generating sets are needed for each vessel, making a total of 32 sets in all. The order was placed last month Wärtsilä's joint venture company, CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co Ltd (CWEC).
The ships have been ordered from the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in China.The total power output from the contracted Wärtsilä engines will exceed 100 MW. Delivery of the engines to the shipyard will commence in the first half of 2017.
The customer's requirements for these vessels were reliability, economic fuel consumption and high availability. The powerful Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 engine is capable of meeting these requirements. The Auxpac 32 is the auxiliary engine version of the well-proven Wärtsilä 32 family, of which more than 1,200 engines are in operation worldwide. It is Wärtsilä's most powerful Auxpac generating set and is aimed at the upper end of the merchant shipping market, notably large container vessels with an auxiliary power need of from 2,500 kWe to 4,500 kWe per generating set.
"I would like to congratulate CWEC on winning this important order. It represents further evidence of our strong position in China's shipbuilding market and our ability to provide local project support. The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 engine is a good choice for this application since its design parameters are very much in line with the operational profile needs of the vessels. We are also very pleased to be working with CSCL, a company with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful cooperation," says Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.