Wärtsilä unveils new Aframax tanker design

JUNE 3, 2014 — Wärtsilä is using the Posidonia 2014 exhibition in Athens, Greece, to launch a new, highly efficient, Aframax tanker design that, it says, offers practical and viable solutions to meet current and forthcoming emissions legislation.

Wärtsilä is using Posidonia to showcase its range of merchant ship designs, providing owners with tailored designs based specifically on their intended operating profiles and offering shipyards a solution based approach with integration packages and full support throughout the planning and execution phases.

The new Aframax design emphasises energy efficiency to provide lower operating costs and enhanced environmental performance.

It features an optimized hull form to minimize resistance, and an optimized propulsion train with energy saving devices (ESDs) for greater efficiency.

Fuel savings have been the primary focus during the development of this design, and significant testing of the hull lines by both CFD and tank testing have produced a highly competitive design.

Wärtsilä offers the Aframax design in three, fit-for-purpose versions; the Basic configuration using conventional HFO fuel; Environmental with the exhaust emissions cleaned using a scrubber and selective catalyst reduction (SCR), and the Green version based on dual-fuel engines using LNG. The design can also be adapted for Ice Class notation.

WSD AFRAMAX
MAIN DATA
Length over all...................................253.20 m
Deadweight.................................. 117,500 dwt
Speed............................................. 14.8 knots
Operation range............................. Worldwide
Main engine..................................Wärtsilä X62

"Wärtsilä is an experienced and innovative global supplier of efficient, reliable and environmentally sustainable ship designs that fully meet the needs of the rapidly changing marine sector. Our focus is always on lowering operating costs and increasing fuel efficiency, and these elements are clearly evident in the new Aframax design. In particular, our technology leadership in dual-fuel engines and LNG fuel systems gives us obvious advantages in developing ship designs for gas fuel propulsion. We are leading the way in taking merchant shipping into the gas fuel age," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President Wärtsilä Ship Design.

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