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Wartsila to power world's first LNG-fuelled offshore construction vessel

19 Apr 2017 07:43 GMT

The Orion is expected to be delivered in 2018.



Finnish technology group Wartsila is to supply the engines and other propulsion machinery for a new offshore construction vessel being built at Cosco's shipyard in China for Belgian operator Dredging International (DEME).

Once completed, the vessel is set to be the first of its kind to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

In addition to the dual-fuel engines, Wartsila has been contracted to provide its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system and propulsion systems. The orders with Wartsila were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in February 2017.

"The decision to utilise clean burning LNG fuel represents our commitment to provide environmentally sustainable solutions for our operations. Wartsila has extensive experience and vast technological know-how in this field, which is why we have selected them as our partner in this project," remarked Jan Gabriel, Head of newbuilding and conversion department at DEME.

"We are pleased to have been involved in this newbuild project from the conceptual design stage, since this enables our input on providing the most fuel efficient solution. We are also delighted that the Wartsila 46DF engine has been selected, as the dual-fuel version of this well proven and popular engine has only recently been introduced," said Arthur Boogaard, General Manager, Business Development Special Vessels at Wartsila.

The 210-metre-long vessel, named the Orion, is to be powered by four 9-cylinder Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel electric propulsion engines, and two 6-cylinder Wartsila 20DF dual-fuel engines. Wartsila has also agreed to supply two custom made retractable thrusters, four underwater demountable thrusters, the Wartsila LNGPac storage and supply system, as well as commissioning, site supervision and extended project management services.

The Wartsila equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the latter part of 2017.

The Orion is expected to be delivered to the owners in 2018 and to undertake operations involving the installation of offshore windfarms in locations around the world.

DEME is a long-standing customer of Wartsila and has, in recent years, utilised Wartsila solutions for various vessels, including three hopper dredgers, a cable installation vessel, a cutter suction dredger vessel, as well as the Orion offshore construction vessel.

Image: The world's first LNG-fuelled offshore construction vessel being built for DEME will be powered by Wartsila.






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