Wärtsilä group has been contracted to deliver 16 engines through its joint venture company CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co (CWEC) to power four new LNG carrier vessels being built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China.
The engines which were ordered in August 2017 will be delivered to the shipyard in the second half of 2018. The Four New LNG vessels are scheduled to be delivered commencing in 2019.
“This valuable order once again emphasises Wärtsilä’s leading position in gas and dual-fuel engine technology. We are pleased to be working on this project with the Hudong Zhonghua yard, a company with whom we have enjoyed a good relationship for some years. The order also confirms our growing presence in China and our ability to serve the Chinese market,” says Lars Anderson, Vice President, Engine Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
Wärtsilä informed that each of the four 174,000 m3 capacity vessels will be fitted with four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel generating sets running primarily on LNG fuel to provide the ships with auxiliary power. Their total power output will be 56 MW.
According to data provided by VesselsValue, the Four New LNG ships are being built for Japan’s shipping major Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
Wärtsilä's 34DF engine features advanced dual-fuel technology and is used for both main engine and generating set applications. The Wärtsilä 34DF is manufactured in configurations from 6L to 16V, giving 500 kW per cylinder and a total maximum mechanical output of 8000 kW. The engine speed is 720 / 750 rpm.
The first version of the 34DF engine was delivered in 2010. It was upgraded in 2013 with a higher Maximum Continuous Rating (MCR) and the 100th Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel marine engine was sold in 2016.