Wärtsilä launches two new low-speed engines

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 16 November 2005 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä is introducing two new low-speed engines. These new Wärtsilä RT-flex engines will be used in containerships and tankers. The first of these new engines will be completed towards the end of 2007. The engines are designed in cooperation with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI) and will be tested in HHI’s production facilities.

The engines are designed in parallel using the same basic concept. Many of the same components are used in both marine engines, making it possible to rationalize production and stocks and reduce manufacturing costs.

Wärtsilä’s RT-flex engine is the first low-speed diesel engine fitted with electronically controlled common-rail technology. The common-rail technology gives flexibility in operating the engines, enables better manoeuvring, and reduces fuel consumption at low loads compared to conventional low-speed engines. The RT-flex engines also reduce exhaust emissions and give off no visible smoke.

Further information: Clas-Eirik Strand, Vice President, 2-stroke engines, tel. +41 79 331 02 20

This is the shorter of two versions of this press release. The longer version contains more technical information. Both are available at www.wartsila.com