Chinese oil company orders engines for 40 bunker ships

13 Jul 2010
The Wartsila 20 engine

The Wartsila 20 engine

Wärtsilä is to supply 80 medium speed main engines of 20cm bore for 40 new bunkering tankers being built for the Brightoil Petroleum Group (BPG), China. The ships will operate in both Chinese and international waters.

Wärtsilä Ship Power says that, in terms of the number of engines, this is one of the largest-ever orders it has received. The total order value is more than €23 million. The order had already been placed and included in the company’s order book, but has only now been cleared for publication.

BPG recently signed the contract for the first 10 bunkering tankers with a shipyard in Zhejiang, China. These vessels will be launched in June 2012. The first batch of engines is scheduled for delivery between December 2010 and June 2011.

BPG is a listed company in Hong Kong, licensed by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China for specialised business in the petroleum industry. The company has ordered a total of 40 bunkering tankers, each to be powered by two 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 medium-speed engines. Wärtsilä has also signed an eight-year spare parts and technical services agreement with BPG for all 80 engines.

The bunkering tankers will be of two sizes, 4100 dwt and 7000 dwt, and both designs have the same power configuration utilizing a twin-screw propulsion solution. Some of the vessels will operate in Chinese waters and will be CCS classified. The remainder will trade in international waters and be classified by Bureau Veritas (BV). BPG will itself operate the vessels. 

"Wärtsilä has a fine reputation for both quality and reliability, and is able to support its customers and ship power solutions with a truly global service network. We are, therefore, very pleased to co-operate with Wärtsilä in this major project," said Tan Bo, vice president of BPG.

The Wärtsilä 20 medium-speed engine was launched in 1992, and was designed as a compact, space-saving package with long maintenance intervals – a time between overhaul of up to 24,000 hours is quoted for the current versions. The near pipe-free, operator-friendly, heavy duty engine was designed from the outset to operate reliably with low quality HFO, which the company says provides high reliability levels when using light distillate oils. Over 2,000 engines have been installed.

"In addition to its reliable and proven heavy fuel technology, the Wärtsilä 20's low operating costs and low NOx emissions were important elements in winning this unique order," said Wim Knoester, deputy general manager, ship power, Wärtsilä in China.

"Other factors include our worldwide 24/7 service network, Wärtsilä's excellent reputation as a supplier of propulsion solutions, and the fact that vessels equipped with Wärtsilä engines hold their value well. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with BPG."

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