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Wartsila has been awarded a contract to provide products and systems for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessel to be built at China Merchants Heavy Industry’s shipyard in Haimen for Singapore-based Saga LNG Shipping.

Under the terms of the contract, Wartsila will supply the complete cargo handling system that features an integrated fuel system using both compressors and forced vaporising. The package will include EFP pump series, the latest development for LNG fuel and spray.

Additionally Wartsila will supply the fuel system and the main propulsion system comprising a 12-cylinder 50DF dual-fuel main engine, six-cylinder and eight-cylinder 20DF dual-fuel generating sets.

Wartsila’s scope of supply also includes controllable pitch propeller (CPP), a Energopac efficiency rudder, a gearbox, and tunnel thrusters.

Deliveries under the order are expected to take place in late-2016.

Wartsila Flow and Gas Solutions vice-president Timo Koponen said: “This will be a very modern and highly efficient LNG Carrier and we were selected because our technologies in both the propulsion equipment and cargo handling are world leading.

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“The new ship has been designed for worldwide trade of LNG, but with special consideration given to the reloading of cargoes and local and regional trading.

“Therefore, the cargo handling system and the fuel efficiency of the engine have to be the most efficient possible.

“Our unmatched track record with proven LNG technologies and dual-fuel solutions was a key factor in the award of this valuable contract.”

“The new ship has been designed for worldwide trade of LNG, but with special consideration given to the reloading of cargoes and local and regional trading.”

The new LNG carrier will feature LNT A-BOX containment system and have the capacity of about 45,000m³.

The Wartsila products are expected to minimise interfacing and system design risk during the vessel building process while reducing operating costs.

Last week, Wartsila secured a contract to provide products, systems and solutions for a new semi-submersible crane vessel (NSCV) to be built at the Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard in Singapore for Netherlands-based Heerema Offshore Services.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will provide eight 5500kW Wartsila Underwater Mountable thrusters equipped with Oceanguard anti-pollution face type seals to ensure accurate positioning of the vessel.

Image: The new LNG Carrier. Photo: © 2015 Wärtsilä.