Wärtsilä integrates systems on Evergas carrier

Wärtsilä says the scope of its integration on the Dragon class carriers will create efficiencies Wärtsilä says the scope of its integration on the Dragon class carriers will create efficiencies

Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering will today deliver the first of a new class of gas transport vessels, ordered by Danish fuel and gas shipping company Evergas.

The 27,500m3 ‘Dragon’ class vessels are 180m long and 26.6m wide with a draft of approximately 9m. They are the largest ethane carriers in their class in the world.

The carriers are purpose built for the transportation of ethane, although they can carry a wide range of petrochemical gases and LPG.  They feature a comprehensive Wärtsilä solutions package, including two Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, Wärtsilä propulsion equipment including gearbox, two Wärtsilä 20DF auxiliary generating sets, a Wärtsilä LNG fuel system and a Wärtsilä cargo handling system.

"The delivery of the first in this series of the Dragon class vessels marks the beginning of a new era in the transportation of liquefied gases,” said Steffen Jacobsen, CEO, Evergas. “The highly advanced technological solutions that Wärtsilä provides make these ships the most modern and environmentally sustainable gas carriers ever built.”

The Wärtsilä solutions are integrated to form a fully optimised package, while engineering and supplying the complete cargo plant, gas fuel supply system and propulsion plant enabled Wärtsilä to achieve optimal energy consumption efficiency for the entire vessel.

In one example of this integration, the LNG supply system is integrated with the cargo handling system so that it can be used to cool the cargo, using less energy and power to keep the LNG cooled.

The 'Dragon' class ships are to be chartered by INEOS Europe for the transportation of ethane to Europe from the Mariner East project in the US.

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