Marine technology company Wartsila has received a contract for the delivery of cargo handling and fuel supply system for two very large ethane carriers (VLEC).

The contract also includes an option for an additional vessel. The 98,000m3 vessels are under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard.

The repeat order was placed last month. Last year, Wartsila was awarded a similar contract for three VLECs, which were being built at SHI.

The ships will be equipped with Wartsila’s custom reliquefaction unit and a high-pressure ethane fuel supply system.

Additionally, the system will feature the newest version of Operim, the remote monitoring and diagnosis tool developed by Warsila.

Wartsila Gas Solutions sales and marketing director Kjell Ove Ulstein said: “As the market leader in cargo system designs for VLECs, we are pleased to have been awarded this order. The ships will operate on ethane fuel, so the design of the cargo handling system is very specialised.

“We have a well-proven track record in delivering highly efficient solutions for these kinds of projects.”

In June, Wartsila received an order to supply its Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Recovery System and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) Fuel Gas Supply System.

The equipment will be provided for two new 124,000 dwt shuttle tankers.

In May, Wartsila received a contract from Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) subsidiary Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) to upgrade its four vessels.

It will install the Wartsila Fuel Efficiency Boost solution to the main engines of the ships.