Wärtsilä awarded a major contract for fourteen tugs from Middle East

Wärtsilä Corporation
  • Press release
6 November 2012 at 2:00 PM E. Europe Standard Time

Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has been awarded the contract to supply the engines and complete propulsion systems for two newbuild vessel projects. The order includes a total of 28 engines for 14 vessels being built for the Kuwait Oil Company, and represents a major order for Wärtsilä from a Middle East based marine sector customer.

The Wärtsilä propulsion solutions will be installed in nine 80 ton Bollard Pull (BP) tugboats, and five 50 ton BP tugboats, being built at the Damen shipyard in Romania. The contracts were signed in August 2012, and delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for 2014 and 2015. The ships will be used for port operations at the Kuwait oil terminal.

In addition to the engines and propulsion systems, the contract includes Wärtsilä’s Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) systems for each of the 14 vessels. CBM provides remote condition monitoring of the engines, and enables accurate and cost-effective predictive maintenance. Of the 28 engines ordered to power these vessels, the nine 80 ton BP tugboats will be powered by Wärtsilä 26 engines, and the five 50 ton BP tugboats by Wärtsilä 20 engines.

“This is a momentous contract for Wärtsilä,” noted Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power, Sales, in announcing the deal. “It is one of our largest orders from the Middle East. More importantly, it is further evidence of our ability to provide competitive, integrated propulsion systems that meet the highest quality, efficiency, and reliability demands of today’s marine sector customers.”

Condition Based Maintenance for improved lifecycle performance

Wärtsilä’s condition monitoring and CBM services assist in meeting the technical, economic, and environmental performance goals for modern machinery installations. By utilising the latest communications technology, the equipment operation parameters can be fine tuned. This involves taking into account the operating profile, the ambient conditions, the type of fuel used, and other factors that affect lifecycle performance.

CBM has become an integral part of maintenance planning for marine applications and power plant installations around the world. By identifying trends and changes in operating parameters well before they might compromise performance, maintenance can be performed only when needed. This in turn optimizes equipment safety, operational availability, and productivity.

Wärtsilä 20 and 26 engines

The Wärtsilä 20 has proven its robustness and reliability with over 4000 engines delivered since its introduction to the market in the early 1990s. The engine can switch from MDO to HFO and vice versa smoothly without power interruption at any engine operation load. The Wärtsilä 26 represents the latest in engine technology advances, combining fuel economy and low exhaust emissions with excellent fuel versatility. The engine has an exceptionally compact profile and thus requires a minimum of space in the engine room.

Link to image of Wärtsilä 20 engine.
Link to image of Wärtsilä 26 engine.

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 Wärtsilä 20 engines
 Wärtsilä 26 engines
 Wärtsilä Compact Thrusters

For further information please contact:

Mr Ibrahim Behairy
Sales Director, Wärtsilä Ship Power
Wärtsilä Gulf FZE
Tel. +971 56 68 343 89
ibrahim.behairy@wartsila.com

Ms Mirja-Maija Santala
Media Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel. +358 400 793 827
mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com  

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2011, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.2 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
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