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La Mancha Knutsen & Rioja Knutsen

Reduced engine running hours for Knutsen Shipping LNG vessels

Two LNG vessels, the ‘La Mancha Knutsen’ and the ‘Rioja Knutsen’, owned by Knutsen OAS Shipping have been successfully fitted with Wärtsilä LV shaft generator systems with step-up transformers. The commissioning and sea trials went without hitch in 2016. The Wärtsilä systems effectively reduce the auxiliary engines’ running hours by approximately 50 percent, meaning the time between overhauls can be extended from five years to ten. Maintenance costs and lube oil consumption are also notably reduced, and the overall efficiency of the vessels is increased.

" The Wärtsilä shaft generators have been working very well on both vessels. When running with the shaft generators, the running hours for the auxiliary engines are reduced by up to 50% Our vessels have fixed pitch propellers, and the reduction would have been far higher on vessels with controllable pitch propellers. We will achieve far more total running hours with the shaft generator feeding the main switchboard."

- Vessel superintendent / Chief engineer, Knutsen OAS Shipping

" We greatly appreciate the support of the Wärtsilä engineers during the KNUTSEN LNG project. The detailed feedback and prompt action for each stage provided by Wärtsilä during the construction will now allow us to successfully deliver the vessels to the ship owner. We look forward to working with Wärtsilä-SAM again in the future on similar challenging projects. Thank you so much for your close cooperation. "

- 정 영 빈 (Youngbin Jung), Electric Engineer (과장), Hyundai Heavy Industry. Co.,Ltd

Name La Mancha Knutsen & Rioja Knutsen
IMO 9721724, 9721736
Type LNG Tanker
Owner Knutsen OAS Shipping
Shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industry. Co.,Ltd
Gross Tonnage 116246
Length 289,99 m
Breadth 46,40 m
Speed 19,5 knots
Scope of Delivery 2 x LV Shaft Generator System with step-up transformer
Technical data 2000kW, 450/6600V for each vessel

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