Wärtsilä power for CMA CGM container vessel

The X92 at factory acceptance testing in Ulsan earlier this year The X92 at factory acceptance testing in Ulsan earlier this year
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Wärtsilä’s X92 low-speed diesel engine will power one of the first in a new class of container vessels for CMA CGM, with a capacity of more than 20,000 teu.

The engine, the biggest and most recently launched in the X series, will be provided by Winterthur GD (WinGD) – the joint venture between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation that took over Wärtsilä’s low-speed engine business this year. The CMA CGM vessel will use an eleven-cylinder version of the 92cm bore engine.

The 200,000dwt vessel is to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) in Subic Bay, Philippines, and will enter service from the fourth quarter of 2017. It will be the largest vessel to date in the CMA CGM fleet.

The Wärtsilä X92 engine has a power range from 24,420-73,560kW at 70-80rpm. The low revolutions enable higher ship propulsion efficiency for large and ultra large vessels. The engine uses common rail technology to offer low fuel consumption across the entire operating range.

Martin Wernli, CEO of WinGD, said: "The Wärtsilä X92 engine has been designed to provide exceptional reliability, the lowest operating costs and minimal exhaust emissions, all of which are essential in today's operating environment. As container vessels are getting ever bigger in order to achieve economies of scale, it is essential that the engines and propulsion equipment are developed accordingly so as to achieve the efficiencies needed.”

The first X92 engine its design validation and factory acceptance test in February, at the Ulsan engine works of Korean licensee Hyundai Heavy Industries. The remaining type approval test and sea trials will take place in the second half of this year.

After completion of all tests, WinGD noted that deliveries of the engines will start to ramp up. The first four engines scheduled for delivery will be eight-cylinder versions of the W-X92, to propel a series of four 9,000 teu post-Panamax container ships being built for Turkish shipowner Ciner Shipping Industry & Trading.

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