Wärtsilä, a marine industry solutions and services provider, has been contracted to supply the complete LNG-powered dual-fuel propulsion package for two new Liquefied Ethylene Gas (LEG)/Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tankers being built for Anthony Veder, the Netherlands based shipping company specialised in gas transportation. The contract was signed with AVIC-International Shanghai and Avic-Dingheng Shipbuilding Co. Ltd yard 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.
The Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) main and auxiliary engines will allow the ships to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which minimises their environmental footprint. 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 Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) and Nitrogen Emission Control Areas (NECAs). Natural gas is the most environmentally sound fuel today, and it fulfils current actual and known future marine emissions legislation coming into force in 2016.
“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,” says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, Sales.
Each vessel is equipped with 1x 6-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 34DF main engine and 2x 6-cylinder in line Wärtsilä 20DF auxiliary gensets.
(This article compiled using information from a Wartsilä press release)