Wärtsilä power for cutting-edge dredger

Wärtsilä is to supply engines and all essential ancillaries for a new self-propelled cutter dredger Wärtsilä is to supply engines and all essential ancillaries for a new self-propelled cutter dredger
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Wärtsilä is to supply engines and all essential ancillaries for a new self-propelled cutter dredger being built for Tianjin Dredging Company, part of the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC).

The vessel, which is being built at Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries shipyard, is expected to be one of the largest and most advanced vessels of its type in the world, and will become CCCC Tianjin's flagship.

"We have a strong relationship with Wärtsilä and we are confident that they can provide the technology and support needed to make this project a success," said Mr G.M Liu Chang Yun, ship new building management department, Tianjin Dredging Company of CCCC.

The Wärtsilä scope of supply, which includes three 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines, also features a thoroughly planned interface to the external systems including the latest Wärtsilä Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) system. Wärtsilä's CBM and Remote Monitoring solutions support the daily operation of the installation to keep the thermal and mechanical load at an optimum level. They are also said to enable savings in fuel consumption, while simultaneously providing greater environmental sustainability.

"This ship will be one of the largest and most modern self-propelled cutter suction dredger ever built, and the biggest in the world in terms of pump capacity. Reliability and operational efficiency are, therefore, essential and we are proud that Wärtsilä solutions have been selected to achieve these requirements," added Mr Hans Laheij, area sales director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The 140m vessel will have a maximum dredging depth of 35m with a cutter power of up to 7,500 kW.

Delivery is scheduled for October 2017.

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