(EnergyAsia, October 29 2013, Tuesday) — Wartsila, a leading solutions provider to the marine industry, said it has won contracts to supply propulsion systems for two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessels and four ocean rescue vessels now under construction in separate shipyards in China.

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The Helsinki, Finland company will also supply its proprietary 50DF dual-fuel engines and propulsion systems for the LNG vessels which are expected to be ready for delivery by mid-2015.

One of the vessels is jointly ordered and being built by Ningbo Xinle Shipbuilding Group Co Ltd and Shanghai CSR Hange Shipping Engineering Co Ltd for Zhejiang Yuanhe Ocean Shipping Company.  The other vessel has been ordered by Cosco (Dalian) Shipyards on behalf of Dalian Inteh Group Co Ltd.

Operating mainly in Chinese waters, the vessels will deliver LNG between terminals and to other ships.

“This latest order further strengthens Wartsila’s leading position as a supplier of engines for LNG carriers. Since the first Wartsila’s 50DF engines were fitted onboard LNG carriers some ten years ago, approximately 65% of all new LNG carriers have been fitted with Wartsila dual-fuel engines,” said Aaron Bresnahan, Wartsila Ship Power’s vice president for sales.

The company said its gas and dual-fuel engines are increasingly becoming the shipping industry’s choice for propulsion as its DF technology fits the needs of LNG carriers.

“It offers a very high efficiency over the entire output power range, has the advantage of being able to use cheaper and cleaner fuel, and lower emission levels that enable compliance with current and anticipated environmental legislation. DF engines can also be run at stable low speeds for extended periods of time,” said Wartsila.

In an earlier announcement, the company said it received an order from China’s Communications Import & Export Corporation to supply the main propulsion system for four new ocean rescue vessels.

The ships are being built at the CSSC Guangzhou Huang-Pu Shipbuilding Company Ltd shipyard in China, and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2014. The order was signed in the second quarter of 2013 and is part of a series of contracts covering a total of 22 vessels.

Wartsila said it will supply a “comprehensive package” of propulsion solutions comprising 9-cylinder Wartsila 32 main engines, Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers (CPP), gearboxes, shaft generators and Lipstronic 7000 propulsion control system.

“We are delighted to have been selected to provide the propulsion equipment for these vessels. The harsh environment in which they will operate means that efficiency and reliability are of paramount importance,” said Mr Bresnahan.

“Wartsila’s fully integrated propulsion solutions are engineered to meet the most demanding requirements, and we back this capability with support not only with Wärtsilä’s broad, commercial expertise and experience but also from the industry’s most comprehensive service network.”

The ships will operate under China’s Ministry of Transportation, Rescue and Salvage Bureau.