Dual fuel certification in US for Wärtsilä

12 Apr 2013
The Wärtsilä 34DF, now EPA certified

The Wärtsilä 34DF, now EPA certified

Wärtsilä reports that it has obtained certification of emission standard compliance from the US EPA for the 34DF dual-fuel engine range, which will enable it to operate in the American market with technology allowing either diesel or gas as fuel.

"The Wärtsilä 34DF is the first dual-fuel engine fulfilling the EPA requirements and this is a very important statutory recognition of Wärtsilä dual-fuel technology," says Andrea Bochicchio, director, product management and engineering, product centre four-stroke, Wärtsilä PowerTech.

The company expects increased market demand in the USA for its dual-fuel engines following this certification. The first engines will equip the Harvey Energy, an offshore supply vessel built for Harvey Gulf International Marine. Four sister vessels will be supplied with the same Wärtsilä engines.

"Economic and environmental factors are having a tremendous impact on the shipping industry, and at Wärtsilä we firmly believe that flexible fuel options are a positive step in alleviating these challenges. Our dual-fuel engine technology enables environmental legislation to be met where necessary, while maintaining the ability to use conventional diesel fuel in unrestricted areas," says Giulio Tirelli, director, Wärtsilä Ship Power, four-stroke portfolio and applications.

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