Wärtsilä to design environmentally advanced container ship for US owner

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 3 December 2013 at 11:30 UTC+2
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Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 3 December 2013 at 9.30 am EET

Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services, has been awarded the contract to supply the extended engineering scope for the initial, basic, and production designs for a series of two Container RoRo vessels to be built for US based owner, Crowley Maritime Corporation. The vessels will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and are to be built at the VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The contract was signed in the third quarter of 2013.

Wärtsilä Ship Design's WSD CRV 2400 WB enables the capability to carry conventional 20 ft, and 40 ft containers, as well as the special 45 ft and 53 ft wide body high cube container developed for the American market. The RoRo capacity is in excess of 350 private cars. When built, these will be among the very first LNG powered, American flagged, container RoRo ships. They will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico on a weekly rotational basis.

Because of the recently established Emission Control Area (ECA) along the eastern seaboard of the United States, the vessel design had to meet stringent environmental guidelines while serving the high performance operational requirements of the owners. Low emissions, reliability, and appropriate transit speed were, therefore, primary considerations.

“This vessel design raises the bar for merchant shipping, not only for US flagged ships, but globally. We are proud to be taking this bold step in bringing environmentally viable designs to the market, with Wärtsilä as a key partner,” says Rick Zubic, Vice President, Business Development, VT Halter Marine.

“Wärtsilä Ship Design has extensive experience in designing innovative and efficient vessels. This experience, combined with Wärtsilä’s vast know-how and leading global position in LNG propulsion solutions for the marine industry, has given us a strong competitive edge. This is reflected by this latest order. We have enjoyed a long co-operation with both Crowley Maritime Corporation and VT Halter Marine,” says Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Design.

Wärtsilä Ship Design Merchant Solutions

Wärtsilä Ship Design specializes in highly cost-efficient standard and non-standard merchant vessel types. Wärtsilä’s in-depth expertise, experience, and high level of innovation are utilized to provide added value to customers’ businesses. Knowledge of the customer’s operational needs is an essential element in Wärtsilä’s ability to provide design solutions tailored to complement the evolution of specialized ships to carry various types of cargo. Innovation is a hallmark of Wärtsilä Ship Designs, with special emphasis given to fuel consumption, cargo handling, and crew safety, to ensure cost-effective operations and the best possible return on investment. Wärtsilä is a total solutions provider to the marine sector and offers unique ‘single source’ capability.

WSD CRV 2400 WB:

Length over all: 219.5m
Breadth: 32.24m
Depth: 18.0m
Draught, max: 10.36m
Service speed: 21kts
Deadweight at scantling: in excess of 26,000t

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Caption: Wärtsilä will supply the extended engineering scope for the initial, basic, and production designs for a series of two Container RoRo vessels to be built for Crowley Maritime Corporation.

For further information please contact:
Mr Jacob Thygesen
Director, Merchant Solutions
Wärtsilä Ship Design
Tel: +852 6772 5070

Ms Mirja-Maija Santala
Media Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel. +358 400 793 827

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2012, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,900 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.