34DF Engines for Vessels Ordered Last Year by Gothia Alliance:
‘Environmentally Friendly Tankers Will Run Mainly on LNG Fuel’
Wärtsilä said Monday that it will supply 34DF engines – liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel – to power four product tankers ordered late last year for Sweden’s Gothia Tanker Alliance.
The four vessels are to be built at the Avic Dingheng shipyard in China (HHP Insight, December 3, 2015) on behalf of three Swedish owners: Furetank (2 vessels), Älvtank, and Thun Tankers, a subsidiary of Thunbolagen.
“These environmentally friendly tankers will run mainly on LNG fuel,” Furetank managing director Lars Höglund says in Monday’s Wärtsilä announcement. “No other company can match Wärtsilä’s experience and reference list in LNG solutions,” he said. “We are very confident.”
Furetank-FKAB Marine Design
The new ships are to be built to a design developed by Furetank and Sweden’s FKAB Marine Design. They will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering in the Gothia Tanker Alliance, Wärtsilä says, noting that the contracts were signed in the second quarter of 2016.
In addition to the nine-cylinder 34DF main engines, Wärtsilä will furnish gas value units, Auxpac 20 auxiliary engines with SCR/selective catalytic reduction, an Ice Class 1A-compliant controllable pitch propeller, Wärtsilä Energopac rudder systems, deepwell cargo pumps, and ballast pumps with frequency control system.
Wärtsilä will also supply the vessels with a gearbox and shaft alternator with “take-me-home” functionality for propulsion power from the auxiliary engine should the main engine be out of operation, allowing the vessel to return safely to port.
“Wärtsilä is the only company in the world capable of providing such a comprehensive scope of marine solutions from its own portfolio,” said Wärtsilä Marine Solutions sales VP Aaron Bresnahan.
‘…Risks Are Reduced’
“Being a total solutions provider brings significant added value to our customers since delivery and scheduling risks are reduced, and the various systems can be integrated to achieve optimal performance and lower operating costs.”
Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is to begin in spring 2017.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Wärtsilä with HHP Insight follow-up