Wärtsilä’s joint venture company in China Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller (WCME) has been chosen by Greek shipping fleet operator, TMS Tankers, to supply its fixed pitch propellers (FPPs) to be installed in the new tankers, being constructed in China.
Under the contract, TMS Tankers’ four Aframax tankers will be equipped with Wartsila FPPs, which will be fitted with the company’s EnergoProFin solution.
This solution features a propeller cap with fins that rotates in tandem with the propeller to facilitate fuel savings of up to 5%.
It is said to enhance the propulsion performance by weakening the hub vortex and can be suited to the specifics of the individual propeller.
The solution can also be incorporated quickly and conveniently.
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions propulsion vice president Arto Lehtinen said: "Efficiency and quality are the basic reasons behind the success of Wärtsilä FPPs, especially when supplemented by the EnergoProFin.
"We place great value on being selected by this large and successful shipping company, which is an endorsement of Wärtsilä’s propeller technology and evidence that fuel efficiency is still of great importance, even with the current low fuel prices."
Wartsila’s FPPs are modelled on OPTI Design methodology to ensure maximum functionality coupled with reduced levels of noise and vibration.
It results in an enhanced across a comprehensive ship operating conditions and the hydrodynamic optimised propeller blades is said to reduce the operating cost of the vessel.
Last month, Wartsila was selected by Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design to design and develop a new type of deep water dive support vessel to be built for China’s state-owned Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB).
Image: A Wärtsilä Fixed Pitch Propeller fitted with the EnergoProFin. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.