First orders for X62 two-stroke engine
Wärtsilä says that it has received its first two orders for the X62 series, its latest mid-size low speed engine intended specifically for Panamax bulk carriers, Aframax and LR2 tankers and container feeder ships.
A total of seven engines will be used to power four new LR2 tankers being built for Greek owner Kyklades Maritime Corporation at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, and three bulk carriers for Suisse-Atlantique, to be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Vietnam.
According to Wartsila, these vessels will be to Hyundai’s Ecodesign, developed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The engines will be built under licence by HHI-EMD in South Korea.
The X62 engine is said to meet the fuel efficiency and emission targets for these ships, while its compact and light weight package offers designers the freedom to optimise hull lines and incorporate higher payloads, making them more competitive in the charter market. Wartsiula believes that the X-series engines can achieve daily fuel consumption savings of up to 10%, along with reduced lube oil consumption.
Delivery of the engines to the four 115,000dwt tankers is scheduled for June 2014, and the vessels are expected to be in operation by the end of 2014. The ships will fully comply with the IMO’s EEDI standards. The engines for the three 88,000dwt bulk carriers are due to be delivered in April, July and October 2015, and the ships are scheduled to be launched in June, September and December 2015.
The Wärtsilä X62 combines low engine revolutions and minimum physical width, allowing a slimmer aft vessel hull design leading to propeller efficiency improvements. It has a cylinder bore of 620 mm and power output range of 6,360kW to 21,280kW range in four- to eight-cylinder configurations.
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