Wärtsilä Corporation was today awarded the contract by Bijlsma Shipyard BV in Lemmer, the Netherlands, to deliver propulsion plants for two 350 TEU container feeder vessels ordered by the Dutch VeKa Group
An important factor in Wärtsilä winning this contract was Wärtsilä’s capability to deliver complete propulsion packages. It gives the shipyard the benefit of a single supplier being responsible for key elements in a ship.
For each vessel, Wärtsilä will deliver an eight-cylinder Wärtsilä Vasa 32LN main engine, a Wärtsilä reduction gearbox, a 3.20 m-diameter Lips controllable-pitch propeller and a Lips transverse tunnel thruster. The Wärtsilä 8R32LN main engine has a maximum continuous power of 3280 kW at 750 rpm. The ships are due for delivery at the end of 2007.
The VeKa Group is a major company in the Netherlands involved in shipbuilding and brokerage for inland navigation and short-sea shipping. The Group will create a new company to operate the two ordered feeder vessels.
The Bijlsma shipyard, which is also a member of the VeKa Group, is an established customer for Wärtsilä. During 2005 alone, the yard has previously ordered 15 Wärtsilä engines of the 20 and 26 types for 3150 and 4500 tdw general cargo vessels.
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