“The latest development of the LNG infrastructure provides clear evidence of the increasing importance of LNG fuel to the marine industry. Wärtsilä has a lot of experience and know-how throughout the LNG value chain, and we are confident that their solutions are what we need for this latest expansion to our fleet,” says Jarle Østenstad, Newbuilding Director, Knutsen OAS Group
The scope of supply includes three Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines that power the board net, thrusters, cargo control system, and re-liquefaction module. The main engine and single Wärtsilä Controllable Pitch Propeller system allow the vessel to operate at its highest fuel efficiency design point, in a combinator mode controlling the shaft power, pitch and speed.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2020, and the vessel is expected to be delivered during the first half of 2021.
Under a 12-year long term charter, the vessel will be operated by Knutsen and chartered to Edison S.p.A, a leading Italian energy services provider. It will be used to supply coastal LNG Deposit terminals in Italy.
Image caption: The new Knutsen OAS Shipping LNG vessel will feature an integrated package of Wärtsilä solutions.