Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Company (WYEC), a joint venture between Wärtsilä and Yuchai Marine Power (YCMP), has secured a deal to provide two 16-cylinder 32 engines for a new sand pumping vessel.
Currently under construction at China’s Dongguan Xiandai Shipbuilding yard, the new vessel will be operated by an undisclosed Chinese company.
Deliveries of the Wärtsilä engines are set to take place by mid-2017, with the ship expected to begin operations by May 2018.
Once completed, the dual-fuel ship will help to extend operations into deeper waters.
Wärtsilä’s will also provide round-the-clock service support for the new vessel while operating in the South China Sea.
Owner of the new vessel Mai Xiwen said: “We are expanding our sand pumping business by developing the ability to work in deeper waters than was previously possible.
“For this we need bigger ships with strong and reliable engines. We are therefore pleased to have WYEC as a partner in this important newbuild project.”
Currently, WYEC manufactures medium-speed marine engines in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China, for the local shipbuilding industry.
Operational since 2014, the company mainly supports assembly and testing of Wärtsilä 20, Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 engines.
Separately, Wärtsilä noted that it had been selected by ship management company V.Ships to provide maintenance services for Phoenix Reisen’s cruise vessel M/S Artania.
Under the five-year maintenance agreement, Wärtsilä will offer scheduled maintenance services for M/S Artania’s four Wärtsilä 32 main engines and one Wärtsilä 32 auxiliary engine, as well as their spare parts.
Image: Ceremony of the beginning of construction work on the new vessel to be powered by Wärtsilä engine. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.