JUNE 27, 2016 — Two 8,000 cu.m trailing suction hopper dredges ordered from Royal IHC in the Netherlands by India's Adani Group will feature an extensive range of Wärtsilä equipment.The vessels are the first in a new IHC Beagle series of standardized dredge designs.
The Wärtsilä scope of supply comprises two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines for the first vessel, and two 7-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines for the second one, together with four Wärtsilä CPPs with shafts. In addition, Wärtsilä will supply a Super Trident sewage treatment plant with vacuum generation for both vessels. Delivery of this equipment will commence in September 2016. The first of the dredges is scheduled for delivery to the customer in the end of 2017.
Wärtsilä has considerable experience in providing propulsion solutions for dredges, and has worked closely with IHC, with whom the company has a strategic alliance. The engines selected for these vessels have exactly the right output power for the ships' operational profiles and will be tuned accordingly.
"We are very familiar with Wärtsilä's propulsion solutions, and are confident that they are a good choice for this new series of dredges. The vessels will feature high levels of efficiency and maximum uptime, and the reliability and excellent performance of Wärtsilä's main engines are key contributors to this," says Sander Korving, Director Supply Chain Management of Royal IHC.
"We congratulate IHC on producing this latest dredger design series, and we are proud to have been selected to provide the propulsion machinery. Wärtsilä's global manufacturing resources offer important customer support since, regardless of whether future vessels in this series are built in European or Asian shipyards, we can produce the needed equipment locally," says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.t