The Gaschem Beluga, a newbuild ethylene tanker owned by Hartmann Reederei, features a Wärtsilä shaft generator system, comprising the controllable shaft generator and PWM converter. The building programme faced a serious challenge when the shipyard declared bankruptcy before the project was completed. Because of this, the commissioning had to be completed in an unusually short period of time in order to fulfil the owners’ contract with the charterer. Wärtsilä reacted quickly to the challenge and with extra manpower and ready engineering solutions for every situation that arose, the commissioning was completed on time.
The Wärtsilä Shaft Generator System has clearly more than fulfilled our expectations. Already during commissioning the system, consisting of only two components, has proven to be very reliable although the circumstances have been really challenging for high tech equipment. After a successful sea trial and taking our LEG Carrier into service, the Wärtsilä Shaft Generator System is running remarkably reliably. It enables us to cool down our valuable cargo with the best efficiency and thus with the lowest costs we have ever experienced. We clearly recommend the selection of this type of system for future projects as we are completely convinced of the design of the Wärtsilä Shaft Generator System.