Wärtsilä supplies more dredger propulsion

13 Jul 2011
Self propelled cutter suction dredger ‘Athena’ features three Wärtsilä 6L46F engines and Wärtsilä FP propellers

Self propelled cutter suction dredger ‘Athena’ features three Wärtsilä 6L46F engines and Wärtsilä FP propellers

Wärtsilä has announced an order for engines and FP propellers from Van Oord for installation in the second of two large self-propelled cutter suction dredgers, as well as orders from China for dredger propulsion systems.

The first set of equipment is for the Artemis, which is being built for Van Oord at the IHC Dredgers shipyard in Kinderdijk, the Netherlands. The equipment order for the first vessel, the Athena, was placed in 2008. Both vessels will be powered by three Wärtsilä 6L46F engines, with total installed power 21.6MW, and will feature Wärtsilä FP propellers. The Artemis is due to be in operation by the second quarter 2013. According to Wärtsilä, the customer's need was for light and very powerful engines, with quick response and high reliability; additionally, Wärtsilä is currently negotiating a dynamic maintenance agreement with Van Oord.

Two further orders have been received by Wärtsilä from Chinese companies. The Nantong Gangzha Shipping Manufacturing yard has placed an order for two 16V32 engines, propulsion equipment and systems for a hopper dredger currently under construction. The ship is scheduled to be fully operational by the third quarter 2012. The Tianjin Dredging Company (TDC), part of the state-owned CCCC Group, has placed a propulsion package order for two dredgers being built at yards in China. The ships are due to be in operation during the beginning of 2012. TDC has previously ordered Wärtsilä engines for three other jumbo hopper dredgers.

"The common theme in all these orders is that the companies trust Wärtsilä to provide reliable and cost-efficient solutions. Over the years, the Wärtsilä team has acquired considerable know-how on dredging solutions, and this experience is of tremendous importance to owners and operators across the world. Dredging is a complicated business, and the vessels require a very high degree of efficiency in order to work effectively in varying sea and weather conditions," says Aaron Bresnahan, vice president, special vessels, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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