Wärtsilä offers highly efficient Aframax

Wartsila Aframax design 340OCTOBER 22, 2012 — Wärtsilä has developed a design for a new, highly efficient Aframax tanker that offers solutions for meeting current and forthcoming emissions legislation.

Developed by Wärtsilä Ship Design, the double hull, single screw crude oil tanker featuring a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) optimized hull to provide less resistance with higher propulsion efficiency. The CFD optimization of the hull form has carefully considered the flow lines and pressure distribution along the hull, while the cylindrical bow accommodates a range of operational drafts, even in rough weather conditions.

Minimum time at terminals is ensured by a high loading/discharge rate.  

The propulsion system is based on the high performance, two-stroke Wärtsilä X62 main engine. This electronically controlled, common-rail engine has an extra long stroke and low rpm. It also has a minimized physical width to allow a slimmer aft body design, which further benefits the propulsion efficiency.

Wärtsilä says that, compared to currently available main engine options, the X62 engine can achieve fuel savings of seven percent on the specific vessel design. Furthermore, the same vessel speed can be reached using one less cylinder, i.e. six instead of seven cylinders. The seven cylinder version provides even greater efficiencies due to the lower rpm and higher derating.

For emissions compliance, an integrated Wärtsilä exhaust gas scrubber has been placed on the stack. Main engine, auxiliary engines and auxiliary boilers are all connected to the integrated scrubber.  The scrubber effectively reduces sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, and meets the 0.1 percent sulfur limit even with HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) having a sulphur content of 3.5 per cent. A Wärtsilä SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system has been placed before the turbocharger turbine for the main engine. The SCR is a post combustion nitrogen oxides (NOx) abatement system that permits optimized combustion, in terms of efficiency, while reducing NOx emissions by more than 90 per cent. The abatement equipment is tuned with the main and auxiliary engines for effective operations across the complete load range and IMO Tier III requirements can be fulfilled.

"The new realities of the shipping industry call for higher fuel efficiency, lower operating costs, and better environmental performance. The new Wärtsilä Aframax tanker design meets all these criteria, and we are proud to offer this segment the combination of state-of-the-art design and superb propulsion machinery that can produce meaningful savings," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President Wärtsilä Ship Design.

Wärtsilä says that the X62 is the most compact engine in its class of very low-shaft-speed engines. Thanks to the engine's agility, it is the optimum choice for several vessel segments. The Wärtsilä X62 has a cylinder bore of 620 mm and its power output is in the 8,000 to 21,280 kW range. It comes in 4 to 8 cylinder configurations.

Aframax tanker:

Length over all, approx 253.20 m

Beam 44m

Max draft 15.2 m

Carrying capacity abt. 117,000t dwt

Net cargo abt. 134,250 cu.m in 12 cargo tanks

Loading/discharge rate at the manifold 9,000 cu.m/hr

Bow loading system 8,000 cu.m/hr

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