Wärtsilä working to raise efficiencies, lower operational costs, and reduce the environmental impact for fishing industry vessels
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The Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, has been chosen as the main engine for a new purse seiner/trawler being built by the Danish shipbuilder Karstensen Shipyard. The ship will be owned by Peter Hepsø Rederi AS based in Norway. This will be the world’s first fishing vessel with the Wärtsilä 31 engine.

In addition to the main engine, Wärtsilä will also supply the complete propulsion system comprising a 2-speed gearbox, nozzle, controllable pitch propellers, the Wärtsilä Propulsion Control System, and the shaft generator. The 80 metre long purse seiner/trawler will primarily operate in the North Atlantic, the North Sea and in Norwegian waters.

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“The Wärtsilä 31 engine has established a new benchmark in terms of fuel efficiency, which means also that its overall emissions performance is excellent. Furthermore, the Wärtsilä 2-speed gearbox provides additional fuel savings and lower noise levels. We are very pleased to be working with the yard and owners in this project to introduce a world class trawler to the market,”

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, Vice President, Sales, Aaron Bresnahan

“Our company will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2017. It is appropriate, therefore, that we mark the occasion with a new vessel that will represent the future of the fishing fleet. Wärtsilä’s propulsion solution provides the efficiency and environmental sustainability we needed for the ship,”

Peter Hepsø Rederi AS, General Manager, Audhild Hepsø