DECEMBER 31, 2012 — Wärtsilä is to supply the complete dual-fuel propulsion package for two new Liquefied Ethylene Gas (LEG)/Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tankers being built for Rotterdam headquartered Anthony Veder. The contract was signed with AVIC-International Shanghai and the Avic-Dingheng Shipbuilding Co. Ltd shipyard in September 2012. The ships are being built at the yard and they will operate in the North Sea area.
The propulsion package, which includes the main and auxiliary engines, gear boxes and controllable pitch propellers, will be delivered in June 2013, and the tankers are scheduled for delivery in mid 2014.They will operate in the North Sea area.
Each vessel will have one 6-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 34DF main engine and two 6-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 20DF auxiliary gensets and Wärtsilä Gears
The Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) main and auxiliary engines will allow the ships to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which minimizes their environmental footprint. However, fuel flexibility, a primary benefit of the Wärtsilä DF engine technology, means that conventional marine diesel fuels can also be used if required. The switch between fuel types is made seamlessly without loss of power or speed.
The use of Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology will enable these tankers to sail without restrictions in Sulfur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) and Nitrogen Emission Control Areas (NECAs).
"We are delighted to supply these new tankers with Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology, which will enable them to operate safely, economically, and sustainably on LNG fuel. This order strengthens our position as the market leader in terms of LNG fueled propulsion machinery," says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, Sales.