WE Tech received a new order from Wuhu Shipyard, China, for its WE drive and a variable speed shaft generator to three new 7,000-dwt roll on/lift off vessels for Finnish shipowner Bore, Ltd
The WE drive system allows the shaft generator to be operated at variable speed, which in turn allows the vessel’s propulsion system to be operated with increased efficiency, according to WE Tech.
In PTO mode, the vessel’s electrical power distribution will be supplied from the shaft generator alone via the drive system, meaning the auxiliary generators can be stopped to save fuel and reduce emissions.
The bow thruster motor is powered with a variable frequency drive reducing the ship’s power consumption and overall operating costs.
WE Tech Solutions sales manager Martin Andtfolk said “Our solution will bring significant savings in terms of operational performance and fuel consumption. With reduced fuel consumption, the environmental footprint will be reduced. We are, yet again, proud to contribute to a greener future.”
Bore Ltd vice president marine management Jörgen Mansnerus said WE Tech was chosen for the contract following the success of past orders. “We have worked successfully on several of our vessels in the fleet with WE Tech team, and we have experienced huge benefits, such as decreasing operation and service costs as well as increasing the vessel’s energy efficiency and competitiveness. This is why we also awarded WE Tech the contract for our new projects.”
The three Bore newbuilds are the first LNG-fuelled shortsea vessels to be operated by Bore, and will operate in the Baltic and North Sea with Finnish/Swedish Ice Class 1A classification. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in mid-2021.
In 2019, WE Tech was contracted by Wuhu shipyard to deliver the same integrated solution package for Swedish tanker operator, Donsötank’s newbuilds.