Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply its engines to power the 5,200kW cutter dredger vessel, which is being built for China’s Jiangsu Haihong Construction Engineering Co.
Claimed to be one of the world’s largest non-self-propelled cutter dredger vessels and also one of the largest cutter dredgers generally, the 6,500m³ vessel is been designed by the Design & Research Institute of Ship and Ocean Engineering at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Around four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines will be installed on the vessel, with two being used to drive the dredging pump. The 6,000kW engines will run at 775rpm.
Wärtsilä Ship Power area sales director Hans Laheij said: "This is another notable contract for Wärtsilä.
"More Chinese ship owners and shipyards are selecting Wartsila for their vessels and this further strengthens our position within the Chinese shipbuilding market.
"The owner’s requirements for this important vessel are high efficiency and reliability with low operating costs, and we have been able to demonstrate our capabilities for meeting these criteria."
Delivery of the engines is scheduled to take place in August 2015. The vessel will operate in the South China Sea and in Middle Eastern waters.
Developed to meet the requirement of a new engine in the 320mm cylinder bore class, the Wärtsilä 32 has been designed to be fully compliant with the IMO Tier II exhaust emissions regulations.
Since 1998, the company more than 1,200 of these engines have been sold worldwide.
Image: Wärtsilä to supply engines for one of the world’s largest cutter dredger vessels. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.