Wärtsilä to power new KOC tugs

06 Nov 2012
The new KOC tugs will be of the Damen ASD 3212 and 2810 designs

The new KOC tugs will be of the Damen ASD 3212 and 2810 designs

Finland's Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a major contract to supply 28 engines and complete propulsion systems for fourteen tugs being built by Damen Shipyards for the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).

Aaron Bresnahan, vice president, Wärtsilä Ship Power, said: "This is a momentous contract for Wärtsilä. It is one of our largest orders from the Middle East. More importantly, it is further evidence of our ability to provide competitive, integrated propulsion systems that meet the highest quality, efficiency, and reliability demands of today's marine sector customers."

The Wärtsilä propulsion solutions will be installed in nine 80 tonne Bollard Pull (BP) tugboats, and five 50 tonne BP tugboats, being built at the Damen shipyard in Romania. The contracts were signed in August 2012, and delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for 2014 and 2015. The tugs will ultimately be used for port operations at the Kuwait oil terminal.

In addition to the engines and propulsion systems, the contract includes Wärtsilä's Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) systems for each of the 14 vessels. CBM provides remote condition monitoring of the engines, and enables accurate and cost-effective predictive maintenance. Of the 28 engines ordered to power these vessels, the nine 80 tonne BP tugboats will be powered by Wärtsilä 26 engines, and the five 50 tonne BP tugboats by Wärtsilä 20 engines.

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