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Wartsila to Power Arc 7 Design Icebreaking LNG Carriers

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 11/10/2014, Location: Asia

The Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) yard in South Korea has ordered a total of 54 Wartsila dual fuel engines to power 172,600 cbm icebreaking LNG carriers being built for use in arctic conditions to serve the Yamal LNG project in Northern Russia. The ships will be owned by one joint venture between Teekay LNG Partners of Canada and China LNG Shipping (CLNG), and another joint venture between China Shipping LNG Investment Co.,Ltd. (CSLNG) and Japan based Mitsui O.S.K. The order for engines was placed with Wartsila's Korean joint venture company, Wartsila Hyundai Engine Co., (WHEC) in October.

The Wartsila machinery is capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG), heavy fuel oil (HFO), or low-viscosity marine diesel oil (MDO) but LNG will be the main type of fuel to be used. When operating in arctic waters the engines will be operating in ambient temperatures of as much as minus 50 degrees Celsius on LNG carriers breaking through ice more than two metres thick, in operating modes that allow dramatic variations in engine load within a limited period of time. Wartsila's ability to meet these demanding design criteria was a key factor in the award of this contract.

For each LNG carrier Wartsila will supply 12-cylinder and 9-cylinder Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines. The total power output from the Wartsila engines is 64,350 kW per vessel.

"This very important order once again emphasises the technical leadership that Wartsila has established in dual-fuel engine technology. The fitting of Wartsila 50DF engines onboard the first LNG carriers in 2006 set a trend in the industry and since that introduction, 65 percent of all new LNG carriers have been fitted with Wartsila dual-fuel engines. The strong success of this particular engine over the alternatives is based on its superior propulsion efficiency and the clear environmental advantages that operating on gas allows," says Mr Lars Anderson, Vice President, Wartsila Ship Power.

Wartsila has to date supplied more than 160 ships with its Wartsila 50DF machinery.

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