Contract for boxship propulsion packages

31 Oct 2011

An order for supply of engines and propulsion equipment for six new ro-ro container vessels being built in Korea for NSCSA, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, has been placed with Wärtsilä.

The integrated package for each ship will include RT-Flex 58TD engines, CP propellers and the Wärtsilä Energopac rudder system. Delivery of the equipment for the first vessel is scheduled for May 2012, and the vessels will be delivered from the yard in 2013 and 2014.

The RT-Flex engines comply with IMO Tier II emission requirements and feature common rail fuel injection and valve actuation engine technology, with integrated electronic control, to offer reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and longer intervals between overhauls. They are designed to be capable of slow steaming with low impact on overall efficiency. The Energopac system, which  integrates the propeller and rudder design into a single unit, is designed to further reduce fuel consumption without compromising manoeuvrability or comfort levels.

The ships are being built at the MIPO shipyard, and will be operated by NSCSA subsidiary Mideast Ship Management.

"We are delighted to have been awarded this important contract for these new ro-ro container vessels. It is an important segment for Wärtsilä, and NSCSA is one of the biggest shipping conglomerates in the world. The environmental sustainability and reduced operating costs of the integrated Wärtsilä propulsion solution were major factors in Wärtsilä winning this order," says Ibrahim Behairy, director, merchant sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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