Wärtsilä enters Paraguayan market with tug order

10 Apr 2014
Signing ceremony for Wärtsilä Ship Power’s first Paraguayan contract

Signing ceremony for Wärtsilä Ship Power’s first Paraguayan contract

Wärtsilä has reported an order for the delivery of an integrated propulsion solution for a new river vessel, representing the company’s first foray into the Paraguayan market.

The integrated engine and propulsion system includes three 8-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 engines, three fixed pitch propellers, three gearboxes, three shaft lines including the shafting, seals and bearings, and the propulsion control system. The equipment is for a new, high quality, push tug for operation with barges along the Paraguay River. The vessel is being built at the Astillero la Barca del Pescador shipyard for local operator Naviera Yeruti. It will be the company's first pushboat and it is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015.

In addition to the propulsion equipment, Wärtsilä is providing commissioning services and also helped arrange finance through Finnvera, the official Finnish export credit agency.

"We wanted the best available equipment for the first ever 6,000bhp HFO fuelled pushboat to be built in Paraguay. Experience has taught us that it pays off to invest in the best technology the market has to offer. We believe in strategic alliances with reliable partners, and we look forward to working with Wärtsilä again in the future," said Guillermo Ehreke, owner of Naviera Yeruti 

"The primary target of the owners was to ensure a high level of reliability in its operations. Wärtsilä's reputation for high quality integrated propulsion solutions was, therefore, an important factor in the award of this contract," said Joe Amyot, area sales director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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