World’s first CNG carrier to be powered by Wartsila

World's first CNG carrier to be powered by Wartsila

The world’s first ever carrier vessel for compressed natural gas is to be powered by an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion system.

The vessel is being built at the Jiangsu Hantong shipyard in China ordered by CIMC ENRIC and designed by CIMC ORIC for end user Perusahaan Listrik Negara, the Indonesian state-owned energy company. The order with Wärtsilä was placed during the fourth quarter, 2014, the company informed in a statement.

The new vessel will feature a 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine operating primarily on gas. Wärtsilä will also supply the controlled pitch propeller and gearbox, all of which will be fully integrated so as to optimise the propulsion efficiency.

This will be the first dual-fuel powered vessel owned by an Indonesian ship owner.

The 110 metre long carrier is scheduled to be in operation in May 2016 and will transport CNG from Gresik in East Java to the Indonesian island of Lombok where the gas will be used to fuel a power plant.

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