50-engine order for Russian tankers

18 Jul 2011

Wärtsilä has announced a new contract to supply main engines for a series of 25 tankers being built for Volga Shipping of Russia; each will be equipped with two 6L20 main engines.

15 of the ships are to be constructed at the Okskaya yard in Navashino for ship owner Volga Flot Tanker, and the other 10 at the Krasnoe Sormovo yard in Nizhny Novgorod, five for Bash Volga Tanker and five for Volgotrans; all of these companies are part of Volga Shipping. Delivery of the machinery will commence in the autumn 2011, and should be completed by mid 2013. The first vessel is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2012.

This tankers are of 140m length, 4.2m draught, and 6,979dwt. They are designed to carry crude oil and petroleum products, including gasoline, without restrictions for flash-point, and to transport two types of cargo simultaneously. When launched, all 25 of these tankers will operate on Russia's inland waterways during the summer months, and on the Black and Mediterranean Seas in winter. The four-stroke Wärtsilä 20 can be run on either marine diesel oil (MDO) or heavy fuel oil (HFO), and can be switched from MDO to HFO and vice versa without power interruption at any engine operation load.

"We have previously supplied Volga Shipping with Wärtsilä engines, and have established a constructive relationship with the company over the years. When these tankers were being planned, and the need arose for reliable and economical shipsets, Wärtsilä engines were the obvious choice. We are very pleased and proud to announce that this is the single largest order for Wärtsilä 20 marine engines that Wärtsilä has been awarded in Russia," says Johan Hansten, director business sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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