Wärtsilä has announced that a total of 16 new gas carrier ships being built in Japan for Japanese owners are to be powered by the company’s dual-fuel engines capable of running on LNG or conventional diesel fuels.
Wärtsilä received all of these between 2H14 and December 2015.
The orders specify 20 x nine-cylinder, 25 x six-cylinder and 16 x eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. The 61 engines will run primarily on LNG. These will be the first Wärtsilä 50DF engines delivered for Japan's LNG carrier market. The first of the company’s machinery was delivered at the end of December 2015.
Lars Anderson, Vice President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: "We at Wärtsilä have always been at the forefront in making it possible, through our technologies, for LNG to become a viable marine fuel. This experience, our unmatched track record in gas propulsion applications, and our well proven dual-fuel solutions are why these contracts were awarded to Wärtsilä. We are honoured and pleased to be making this contribution to Japan's ongoing shift into shipping's gas age."
The 16 vessels have a gas cargo capacity of between 155 000 and 180 000 m3. They will be employed mainly in delivering shale gas from the US to Japan.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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