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As part of the increasing move to LNG as a marine fuel, a new cement carrier being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands will feature a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine, making it the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsilä's multi fuel capability. The ship was ordered by JT Cement, a joint venture between Erik Thun AB of Sweden and KG Jebsen Cement of Norway.

The vessel will run on LNG and a selection of other fuels, including marine diesel fuel, bio fuel and heavy fuel oil. In gas mode, the engine fulfils the IMO's Tier III requirements without need of any after treatment systems. This is especially important since the ship will operate in Northern European waters, meaning that it will spend time in Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA).??

LNG no longer 'niche' fuel

Lars Anderson, Vice President, 4-Stroke Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power, said: "The arguments in favour of gas fuel are so strong that it is no surprise that more and more vessel types are adopting its use. LNG is no longer a 'niche' fuel for a few specific types of ship; nowadays virtually all merchant vessels can take advantage of the environmental and cost saving benefits that LNG fuel offers.”

Anders Källsson, Managing Director, Erik Thun AB, praised Wärtsilä’s track record and flexible technology, which, he said, was lowering both emissions and operating costs.

The current vessel is scheduled for delivery before the end of 2015 and there is a possibility that a second cement carrier will be built as part of this particular series.

In addition to the main engine, Wärtsilä will also supply an enclosed gas valve unit (GVU) for easier installation and additional engine room safety.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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