Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Tianjin Dredging, part of the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), to deliver engines and all essential ancillaries for a new, self-propelled cutter dredger.
The vessel, which will become CCCC Tianjin’s flagship, is currently under construction at the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries shipyard in China.
Under this contract, Wärtsilä will deliver three 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines and the latest Wärtsilä condition-based maintenance (CBM) system.
Wärtsilä Ship Power area sales director Hans Laheij said: “This ship will be one of the largest and most modern self-propelled cutter suction dredger ever built, and the biggest in the world in terms of pump capacity.
“Reliability and operational efficiency are, therefore, essential and we are proud that Wärtsilä solutions have been selected to achieve these requirements.”
The CBM and remote monitoring solutions are designed to support daily operations of the installation, and also offer savings in fuel consumption while delivering better environmental sustainability.
Tianjin Dredging Company ship new building management department official GM Liu Chang Yun said: “We have a strong relationship with Wärtsilä and we are confident that they can provide the technology and support needed to make this project a success.”
With a maximum dredging depth of 35m, the 140m-long vessel will have a cutter power of up to 7500kW.
Delivery of the vessel is expected to be October 2017.
Image: Wärtsilä Engines senior vice-president Roger Holm and CCCC vice-president Wang Haihuai during the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.