Wärtsilä to power 14 Kuwait Oil vessels

7 November 2012 (Last Updated November 7th, 2012 18:30)

Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä has won a contract for the supply of engines and complete propulsion systems for two newbuild vessel projects.

Wärtsilä 26 engine

Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä has won a contract for the supply of engines and complete propulsion systems for two newbuild vessel projects.

Wärtsilä will supply 28 engines for 14 vessels being built by Damen Shipyards for the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), with delivery scheduled to take place in 2014 and 2015.

The propulsion systems will be equipped in nine 80t bollard pull (BP) tugboats and five 50t BP tugboats, which will be used for port operations at the Kuwait oil terminal.

The nine 80t BP tugboats will be equipped with 18 Wärtsilä 26 engines, while the five 50t BP tugboats will be powered by ten Wärtsilä 20 engines.

The deal will also see the supply of Wärtsilä’s Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) systems for each of the 14 vessels in addition to the engines and propulsion systems.

CBM offers remote condition monitoring of the engines and allows accurate and cost-effective predictive maintenance, according to Wärtsilä.

The Wärtsilä 20 engine is fully compliant with the IMO Tier II exhaust emissions regulations set out in Annex VI of the MARPOL 73/78 convention and can switch between marine diesel oil and heavy fuel oil without power interruption at any engine operation load.

The Wärtsilä 26 engine combines fuel economy and low exhaust emissions with excellent fuel versatility, the company said.


Image: The new KOC tugs will be equipped with dual engines and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) systems. Photo: Wärtsilä.