Finnish engine maker Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract covering four newbuild LNG fuelled tanker vessels.
The ships are to be built at the Avic Dingheng shipyard in China, on behalf of three Swedish owners; Furetank (2 vessels), Älvtank, and Thun Tankers, a fully owned subsidiary of Thunbolagen. The vessels will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering in the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
The contracts were signed in the second quarter of 2016, Wartsila said in a statement on Monday.
According to Wartsila, the scope of the company’s supply to this project is extensive.
For each vessel it comprises a 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, two auxiliary engines, the gas valve unit, a controllable pitch propeller, a nozzle, a rudder system etc.
Wärtsilä will also supply the vessels with a gearbox and shaft alternator having ‘take-me-home’ functionality. This provides propulsion power to the auxiliary engine should the main engine be out of operation for any reason, thus allowing the vessel to return safely to port, Wartsi
Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to commence in spring 2017.
The vessels will be built to a design, developed by Swedish ship designer FKAB together with Furetank.