Wärtsilä to power four modern diesel-electric tugs for Australian owner

Wärtsilä Corporation
  • Press release
16 August 2012 at 11:00 AM E. Europe Standard Time

Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has been contracted to supply the power system for four new diesel-electric powered tugs being built for Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd. The contract again represents confirmation of Wärtsilä’s ability to meet the demands for operational economy and environmental sustainability set for modern vessels in different shipping segments. The contract was signed in Q2/2012. The vessels are being built at the ASL shipyard in Singapore and are scheduled to be in operation by early 2014.

Each of the four 80 Ton Bollard Pull (TBP) harbour tugs will be fitted with two 9-cylinder and one 8-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 engines. The use of the Wärtsilä 20 engines as diesel-electric generating sets is a new development in the tugs market.

The engines will operate on Marine Gas Oil (MGO). The tugs will be equipped with batteries that allow power from the Wärtsilä generating sets to be stored for later use.

“Modern tugs need to feature both fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability, as well as lifecycle reliability. This contract represents further evidence of Wärtsilä’s strength in meeting these demands, and further emphasises our ability to offer sophisticated diesel-electric machinery solutions for this particular sector of the marine industry,” says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power Specials.

“By selecting Wärtsilä 20 engines for the diesel-electric generating sets, the owner will benefit from their robustness and reliability, which has been proven by the fact that more than 4000 of the engines have been delivered since this model was introduced to the market in the early 1990s. The Wärtsilä 20 offers low exhaust gas emissions, low operating costs, fuel economy across the entire engine operation range, and high redundancy,” says Bresnahan.

Wärtsilä has earlier supplied integrated propulsion solutions for two Svitzer Tier III compliant ECOtug(s).

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Wärtsilä 20 engine
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For further information please contact:

Mr Jens Karlsson
General Manager, Wärtsilä Ship Power Sales
Wärtsilä Finland
Tel. +358 40 748 6638

Ms Mirja-Maija Santala
Media Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel. +358 400 793 827

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.