A cement carrier being built at Shipyard Ferus Smit is to get Wärtsilä dual-fuel four-stroke propulsion. Wärtsilä said that its latest engine order underlines the increasing use of LNG as a marine fuel.
The 5,800 dwt ship, ordered from the Dutch shipbuilder by JT Cement, a joint venture between the Erik Thun Group of Sweden and KGJ Cement of Norway, will feature a six-cylinder 34DF main engine, making it the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsilä’s multi fuel capability. In addition to the main engine, Wärtsilä will supply an enclosed gas valve unit for easier installation and additional engineroom safety. Delivery is scheduled for late 2015. The order was originally announced by Ferus Smit in February, but no details of the propulsion system were made available then. The original order said there was an option for two similar ships.
The vessel, which will operate in the northern European emission control areas (ECAs), will be able to burn heavy fuel oil (HFO), marine gas oil (MGO) and bio-fuel as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG). In gas mode, the engine fulfils IMO Tier III requirements without the need for any after-treatment systems.
“The arguments in favour of gas fuel are so strong that it is no surprise that more and more vessel types are adopting its use,” said Lars Anderson, vice president of four-stroke sales at Wärtsilä Ship Power. “LNG is no longer a niche fuel for a few specific types of ship. Nowadays virtually all merchant vessels can take advantage of the environmental and cost saving benefits that LNG fuel offers. Wärtsilä is proud to be a technology leader in making this possible.” MP