Generation X for six Singapore newbuilds

12 Oct 2012
Computer-generated image of the Wärtsilä X72 engine

Computer-generated image of the Wärtsilä X72 engine

Wärtsilä says that it is to supply its recently introduced Wärtsilä X72 licensed engines to power six new vessels – four container ships and two bulkers - being built in China for two Singapore based shipping companies.

The four container vessels have been contracted by Pacific International Lines (PIL) with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), in China, and the two bulk carriers are to be built by Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Company (BSHIC) also in China. Each of these ships will have a Wärtsilä X72 as the main engine, with delivery of the first engines scheduled for early 2014.

The X72 is designed for high efficiency and fuel consumption performance to provide a favourable EEDI. The improved fuel consumption compared to conventional marine engine options results in correspondingly reduced CO2 emissions.

"The maritime sector continues to confront the need to achieve lower operational costs and better environmental performance. The Wärtsilä Generation X engines were specifically developed to address these needs, and we are confident that in selecting the Wärtsilä X72 engine for their new ships, these owners will reap substantial benefits," says Martin Wernli, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, two-stroke. "In fact, compared to similar vessels that have recently been delivered, the bulk carriers' fuel consumption can be reduced by approximately 5 tons/day, while the container vessels can achieve savings of 4 tons/day."

The X72 is part of Wärtsilä’s low-speed Generation X engine series, and is intended for merchant vessels that use mid-size, low-speed engines, such as Panamax to Capesize bulk carriers, Aframax to Suezmax tankers, and feeder to Panamax container vessels. To date, a total of 24 Wärtsilä Generation X engines have already been ordered since their market introduction. Features of the X-series include extended rating fields to offer optimum propeller speeds, advantageous stroke-to-bore parameters, electronically controlled common-rail fuel system, five year overhaul interval, tuning optimised for individual applications, and stable operation down to 12% of the nominal engine speed.

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