Dual fuel X-series two-stroke engine order for Wärtsilä

09 Sep 2014
Wartsila X62DF engine

Wartsila X62DF engine

Wärtsilä has announced that two new large, 180,000m3 LNG carriers being built by the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in Korea are to be powered by six-cylinder X62DF two-stroke dual-fuel engines.

The company says that this is a milestone order, being the first large LNG carriers featuring its two-stroke low pressure dual-fuel technology. Wärtsilä says it has already supplied more than 150 ships with its four-stroke, low pressure dual fuel engines. The company adds that its two-stroke and four-stroke, low pressure dual-fuel engine families are both compliant with the IMO's Tier III regulations without need of secondary exhaust treatment systems.

The scope of supply for the new ships includes two six-cylinder X62DF main engines per vessel together with the auxiliary generator sets powered by 34DF dual-fuel engines. The main engines will be built by a Korean licensee and the deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter in 2016. The first ship is due for delivery in the first quarter of 2017.

"The selection of the Wärtsilä two-stroke, low pressure, dual fuel engine technology for these LNG carriers is indicative of the benefits this new technology will bring to the marine sector. We are able to meet the crucial requirements of today's shipping business, namely for fuel efficiency, environmental compliance at all engine loads, plus very competitive first time and running costs," said Mr Kang, Seog-Hwan, COO of joint owner SK Shipping

The New Panamax-sized vessels will be chartered by the UK subsidiary of French oil major Total. 

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