Wärtsilä to power two Russian icebreakers

25 October 2012 (Last Updated October 25th, 2012 18:30)

Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply integrated power and automation systems for two new icebreakers being built by Vyborg Shipyard under project 21900M.

Russian icebreaker

Wärtsilä has won a contract to supply integrated power and automation systems for two new icebreakers being built by Vyborg Shipyard under project 21900M.

Both diesel-powered sea-going icebreakers are being built under an order from the Russian Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport.

Each vessel will be equipped with four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines, two four-cylinder W 20 gensets, a power management system, a power distribution system and a power drive system.

The contract has an option for the supply of similar equipment for a third icebreaker within the same project.

The vessels will have a length of 116m, width of 26.5m, displacement of 10,000t and icebreaking capability up to 1.5m thickness.

Upon delivery, which is scheduled to take place in May and October 2015, the vessels will be operated mainly in the Baltic Sea and in Arctic waters.

Wärtsilä Ship Power vice president of sales Aaron Bresnahan said the company has already provided power and automation systems for icebreakers and other vessels that operate in harsh arctic conditions.

"Such ships are usually working a long way from port repair facilities, and for that reason reliability and operating efficiencies are essential," Bresnahan said.

The vessels will be used for independent ice escorting of heavy-tonnage vessels, towage, fire fighting on floaters, salvage and assistance to distressed vessels, as well as the transportation of cargo.

Wärtsilä said its integrated power and automation systems will allow the icebreakers to run efficiently and safely in severe weather conditions.


Image: Each 116m icebreaker will be equipped with four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines as well as two four-cylinder W 20 gensets. Credit: Vyborg Shipyard..