Boxship engine order for Wärtsilä

08 Aug 2011

Wärtsilä has announced that its RT-flex60C main engines have been selected for the first series of eight 1,700TEU 'Bangkok-max' container ships being built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China.

The ships will serve as feeder vessels in Asian waters. Wärtsilä says it received the order in June. The scope of supply includes eight RT-flex60C main engines, which will be built by licensee Hudong Heavy Machinery (HHM), based in Shanghai. The company believes its RT-flex technology offers the required features for the new ship type, including low fuel consumption, high reliability, the possibility of incorporating environmental upgrades at a later date, and suitably compact dimensions to fit the narrow engine room of the vessel design.

Four ships are being built for Buss Shipping, part of Buss Group of Hamburg, and the other four ships are for Eastern Mediterranean Maritime, a ship management company based in Athens. The machinery for the ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2012, with the remainder being delivered at regular intervals thereafter.

"We are proud to set the standard for these Bangkok-max design container vessel engines. The benefits of the Wärtsilä RT-flex engines are well known to the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, and they are clearly the right solution for this design. We very much appreciate the excellent co-operation with our licensee HHM and their having secured this valuable order," says Lars Anderson, vice president, merchant, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

"We selected the electronically controlled Wärtsilä engine because the flexibility in the matching of the engines' specific consumption with the vessels demands was very important to us. Thanks to the optimized specific consumption, we are able to offer an environmental friendly, low fuel consuming vessel, which gives also many benefits to charterers," says Carsten Meyer, fleet manager of Reederei Gebrüder Winter, the technical advisor for Buss Shipping in this project.

"Electronic engines have been selected by our company in order to better meet the environmental requirements with high flexibility and efficiency throughout the entire engine load range and vessel speed," says Stefanos Tsonakis, technical manager, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime.

HHM has been a Wärtsilä licensee since 1995. It is a member of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and claims to be the biggest engine manufacturer in China, focusing on engines with bore sizes between 48 and 70 cm.

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