Integrated power for Russian icebreakers

25 Oct 2012

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply integrated power and automation systems for two new icebreakers being built for a Russian state-owned enterprise by Vyborg Shipyard JSC, a long-time partner of Wärtsilä.

The scope of delivery for each ship will comprise four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines, two four-cylinder W 20 gensets, a power management system, power distribution system, and power drive system. The vessels, scheduled to be delivered in 2015, will operate mainly in the Baltic Sea and in Arctic waters. There is an option pending to supply similar equipment for a third icebreaker within this same project.

"Wärtsilä has a leading market position in supplying power and automation systems for icebreakers and other vessels that operate in harsh, arctic conditions. Such ships are usually working a long way from port repair facilities, and for that reason reliability and operating efficiencies are essential. We have worked closely with the leading Russian ship-owners for many years, and they are well aware of our capabilities in this area," said Aaron Bresnahan, vice president sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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