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Shipping industry companies team up to develop LNG-powered dry bulk carrier

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Wärtsilä Corp. has announced that it will join forces with a number of shipping industry companies and organisations to develop a concept for equipping future dry bulk carriers with LNG propulsion. ‘Project Forward’ is led by Arista Shipping, and officially commenced in May 2015 with the goal of developing a commercially viable LNG-powered dry bulk carrier design that was in line with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025 standards, in addition to all other applicable emission reduction regulations. Deltamarin, ABS, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) are also involved in the project.

The concept vessel’s propulsion system is likely to use a Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engine, which enables the use of either LNG or conventional marine fuel oils.

Aaron Bresnahan, the Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “Wärtsilä has been selected to participate in this important project because of our depth of experience in LNG propulsion solutions, our strong position in 4-stroke engine technology, and in particular because of the state-of-the-art Wärtsilä 31 engine. This engine has not only taken efficiency to a new benchmark level, but in gas-mode is IMO Tier III compliant without the need for any exhaust cleaning systems. We are proud to be a part of this future-looking project, which could eventually be applied equally well to other types and sizes of merchant vessel.”

Alexander P. Panagopulos, the Arista Shipping Principle, added: “Project Forward aims to become a milestone for the shipping industry and in particular for owners and operators of cargo ships. Owners must decide within the next 5 – 10 years whether gas as fuel is a practical means of compliance with lower emissions standards and this project will enable all of us to understand its feasibility. We welcome Wärtsilä’s involvement, as it is a company with great experience in this field.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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