A Wärtsilä propulsion solution has been selected for the new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker and feeder vessel being built for Sirius Veder Gas AB at Royal Bodewes, Hoogezand, in the Netherlands. The contract, placed with Wärtsilä in September, is for a 5800 m3 ship to be operated on long-term charter by Skangass to service the Nordic and Finnish LNG markets.
The Wärtsilä propulsion package will comprise a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine capable of running on either LNG or diesel, a reduction gearbox with power take-off (PTO), a shaft line suitable for use with environmentally friendly lubricants and equipped with a Wärtsilä Airguard aft seal that allows zero emissions, and a Wärtsilä controllable pitch propeller.
The Wärtsilä 34DF engine version features high power output and reduced fuel consumption in both gas and diesel modes. In gas mode, the vessel will comply with the IMO’s Tier III NOx emission regulations without need of secondary exhaust cleaning systems.
“Since Wärtsilä introduced dual-fuel engine technology, more than 1300 Wärtsilä DF engines have been ordered. Similarly, bunkering & feeder vessels such as this one are also increasingly taking advantage of our proven technology. This extensive experience adds tremendous value as it allows us to provide expert engineering and project support to the yard, which importantly saves time and reduces risk,” says Göran Österdahl, General Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“We are committed to developing energy-efficient solutions for small to mid-size LNG shipping. The use of LNG as a marine fuel is rapidly increasing and there is growing demand for efficient bunker and feeder vessels,” says Jan Valkier, CEO of the Netherlands based Anthony Veder Group.
In January this year, Skangass announced plans to make LNG more readily available as marine fuel in the Kattegat and Baltic Seas and the connecting Skagerrak Strait by operating a new specialised bunker vessel, named Coralius.
Sirius Veder Gas AB, the owners of the new vessel, is a joint venture formed between Sirius Rederi of Sweden and Anthony Veder.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2016 and the vessel is due to be delivered in February 2017.