Wärtsilä engines to power world’s first CNG carrier
Wärtsilä has received an order to deliver its propulsion system for a compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier being built at the Jiangsu Hantong shipyard in China.
Claimed to be the world's first CNG carrier, the vessel was ordered by CIMC ENRIC and will be operated by Indonesian National Electric Company, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).
For this project, Wärtsilä will provide a nine-cylinder, Wärtsilä 34DF, dual-fuel main engine operating primarily on gas, along with the controlled pitch propeller and gearbox.
Wärtsilä Ship Power area sales director Sanjay Verma said: "This first ever CNG carrier to be built is indicative of the growing importance of natural gas as a fuel for both land-based and marine applications.
"We are proud to have been selected to provide the propulsion system for this ship, which is designed with efficiency and sustainability as the main criteria."
This 110m-long vessel will be deployed to transport CNG from Gresik in East Java to the Indonesian island of Lombok.
Designed by CIMC ORIC, the vessel is expected to be operational in May 2016.
PLN oil-based fuels and gas division head Suryadi Mardjoeki said: "We expect that this CNG carrier will be a model for other Indonesian owners as the government's policy is to promote energy-efficient and cleaner sea transportation through the use of gas fuelled engines."
The vessel will be designed and constructed under the classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and PT. Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Persero) (BKI).
Image: The world's first CNG carrier will feature a nine-cylinder, Wärtsilä 34DF, dual-fuel main engine. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.