20DF Engines, LNGPac, Thrusters & Design of 95-Foot Boat
That Could Emerge as a ‘Green’ Trend-Setter for the Region
Dubai-based Drydocks World has contracted with Finland’s Wärtsilä for the design and propulsion equipment for a new harbor tug that will operate on liquefied natural gas.
“This will be the first harbor tug in the Middle East to operate on gas, which indicates the growing importance of environmental issues everywhere,” Wärtsilä Ship Power Middle East sales director Ibrahim Behairy said in a release.
The 29-meter tug is the first of a series of nine such vessels to be built and operated by Drydocks, Wärtsilä says, “part of a ‘green’ initiative launched by the Dubai government… intended to set an example for promoting environmental sustainability throughout the region.”
Full Scope of Solutions
Wärtsilä has charge of design of the new tug, and is to provide twin 20DF dual-fuel engines and an LNGPac fuel gas handling system including bunkering station, LNG tank and related process equipment, and control and monitoring system.
The Wärtsilä 20DF is a medium-speed dual fuel engine that can run on natural gas, marine diesel oil, or heavy fuel oil. “The engine can smoothly switch from gas to MDO/HFO and vice versa during operation without power interruption,” the company says.
‘A Green Image’
Wärtsilä will also supply advanced efficient steerable thrusters and automation equipment.
“The shift towards the use of LNG fuel is building up speed across the world,” Behairy said. “We have been at the forefront of this movement, first through the development of dual-fuel engine technology, and then by developing a full range of integrated solutions serving the complete gas value chain.”
“Wärtsilä is a solution provider with vast experience and expertise in gas fuel systems,” DDW chairman Khamis Juma Buamim says in the LNG tug announcement. “We are happy to work with Wärtsilä to promote a green image for our harbor work.”Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Wärtsilä Ship Power with HHP Insight follow-up