DEME Group has contracted Wärtsilä to power its new generation ‘Antigoon’ class dredger with dual fuel (DF) engines. The ‘Scheldt River’ dredger, which is being built by Royal IHC (IHC) in the Netherlands, will be the first ever dredger to operate on engines capable of utilising either LNG or conventional marine fuels.
The 104 m long vessel will have a hopper volume capacity of approximately 8000 m3. The scope of supply includes one 12-cylinder and one 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF engines, two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers and two transverse thrusters as well as the LNGPac gas supply and storage system.
"Wärtsilä's unmatched experience and extensive reference list in dual-fuel engine applications, plus our complete solutions portfolio, were key considerations in the award of this contract. We congratulate the shipyard and owners for taking the decision to have this new dredger become the first to be capable of using LNG or diesel fuel," says Lars Anderson, Vice President, Engine Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
Jan Gabriël, Head of New Building and Conversion Department at DEME, added: "Environmental considerations are extremely important for every new vessel built today. Operating on LNG allows DEME to set new standards in minimising harmful emissions. ‘Scheldt River’ will easily comply with all local and international environmental regulations. Wärtsilä's dual-fuel know-how and in particular the 34DF engine series made our concept feasible."
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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