Wärtsilä wins order for advanced lubricating system that reduces operating costs

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 17 February 2010 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading ship power system integrator, has been awarded a contract by DSD Shipping AS of Stavanger, Norway to retrofit the main engines on four DSD Shipping vessels with the Wärtsilä Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System.

The Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System (RPLS) is designed to lower the oil feed rate to the engine, thus cutting the consumption of lubricating oil. This creates obvious savings in operating costs, and also has a positive effect on exhaust emissions. The DSD Shipping contract is Wärtsilä’s first order for the retrofitting of small bore two-stroke engines with this system. 

“With its improved capability, this new cylinder lubricating system will improve efficiencies, reduce our costs, and lessen our environmental impact. The Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System is a notable performance improvement to the Wärtsilä engines, and we look forward to rapidly completing the series of retrofits,” said Mr Rolf Herheim, Technical Director, DSD Shipping AS, one of Norway’s oldest shipping companies.

The order calls for the sale, installation and commissioning of RPLS on the Wärtsilä main engines of four DSD Shipping vessels. Three vessels (“Stavanger Bay”, “Stavanger Viking” and “Stavanger Blossom”) are equipped with 6-cylinder RTA58T engines, and one vessel (“Stavanger Prince”) operates a 7-cylinder RTA62U. The vessels are all approximately 105,000 dwt, and were built during the past eight years.

In addition to the RPLS, the installation will include the MAPEX-PR online liner wall temperature monitoring and alarm system, and a propeller shaft power measurement system.

Wärtsilä and DSD Shipping AS signed the agreement for these vessels in the fourth quarter of 2009. Delivery is scheduled within four months following the signing.

About the Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System

The Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System is a timed lubricating system developed by Wärtsilä. It distributes cylinder lubricating oil in pressurised pulses precisely into the piston ring package, where it is evenly distributed around the circumference of the liner.

This system was designed to retrofit existing Wärtsilä mechanically controlled RTA and electronically controlled RT-flex type engines. It is fitted as standard for new RT-flex and RTA type engines. The Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System is an outstanding example of applying electronic controls to engines already in operation in order to deliver improved performance and flexibility.

Related information:
Link to more information about the Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System on wartsila.com:
Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System

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Caption: Illustration of the Retrofit Pulse Lubricating System.

Media contact:
Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager, PR and Marketing Communications
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com


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 2009, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.3 billion with more than 18,000 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.