Finland-based marine technology firm Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply 40 generating sets to power 12 of China’s new LNG-fuelled platform supply vessels (PSV).

The ships are being built at the Wuchang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry yard and the Liaonan Shipyard in China on behalf of owner China Oilfield Services (COSL).

Wärtsilä 20DF engines were selected due to their better fuel efficiency, low operating costs and good environmental performance, along with their low-load operating ability and durability.

Wärtsilä Marine segment sales director Henrik Wilhelms said: “Efficiency and environmental sustainability are key pillars of Wärtsilä’s approach to creating customer value.

“The choice of the Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuelled engine for this major project reflects these values, and we are proud to maintain our leading position in this market by being selected for China’s first LNG-fuelled PSVs.”

Pursuant to the terms of the contract, the 40 Wärtsilä engines will be delivered to the shipyards by the end of this year.

COSL Shipping shipbuilding project management team Liu Hui said: “More and more ships are being built for use with LNG fuel, and we see these 12 ships as part of a trend that will continue to grow.

"We see these 12 ships as part of a trend that will continue to grow."

“This is why we chose Wärtsilä, a company with experience and know-how in LNG fuel solutions.”

As part of its strategy to strengthen its service support in the UK, Wärtsilä recently acquired Ships Electronic Services (SES), a specialist provider of navigation and communication electronics.

Last month, the company won a contract to supply its newly launched, modular waterjet for a high-speed ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

During the same month, Wärtsilä launched its RS24 K-band maritime radar, which is capable of detecting far smaller objects and increases safety in busy ports.