Wärtsilä propulsion solutions deliver significant reductions in emissions for two tankers owned and operated by Vitol

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 25 July 2023 at 10:00 UTC+2
  • Elandra Sea, owned by global energy company Vitol, had tailored Wärtsilä EnergoFlow and EnergoProFin systems installed during summer 2022 © Vitol
  • Two vessels owned by global energy company Vitol had tailored Wärtsilä EnergoFlow and EnergoProFin systems installed during summer 2022 © Wärtsilä Corporation

Propulsion efficiency solutions from technology group Wärtsilä are delivering significant efficiency gains to the shipping industry. A study of operational data has indicated significant emission reductions for two Medium Range (MR) product tankers fitted with Wärtsilä technology, and an average efficiency gain of 6% has been recorded.

The vessels, Elandra Sea and Elandra Star, owned by global energy company Vitol, and managed by Latvian operator LSC Group, had tailored Wärtsilä EnergoFlow and EnergoProFin systems installed during summer 2022.

EnergoFlow is an innovative pre-swirl stator that creates an optimal inflow for the propeller, reducing fuel consumption and emissions in all operating conditions. The EnergoProFin is an energy saving propeller cap with fins that rotate together with the propeller. It reduces the energy losses created by the propeller hub vortex, increasing overall propulsion efficiency and significantly reducing underwater noise. 

What’s more, the efficiencies from these two devices will help the vessels achieve their EEXI requirements and CII ratings, whilst reducing operational costs for Vitol.

“Following the successful installation of Wärtsilä products on the Elandra Sea and Elandra Star, we are pleased that two long range product tankers – the Elandra Bay and Elandra Sound – have recently left dry-dock, equipped with Wärtsilä energy efficiency products. The joint analysis of the data on the Elandra Sea and Elanda Star from last year’s installation is extremely encouraging and we will be installing future devices in 2024. This is one of a number of measures that Vitol will continue to invest in to reduce emissions and improve efficiencies across the fleet,” said Ian Butler, Head of Energy Transition – Shipping, Vitol.

“We are pleased to support Vitol in their efforts to decarbonise their fleet operations. EnergoFlow and EnergoProFin provide a benefit to cost ratio that is extremely favourable compared to alternative technologies and are clearly delivering positive results for these vessels. Furthermore, once they are installed no maintenance is required and there are no additional costs,” commented Francois Emin, Product Manager – Propulsion, Wärtsilä. 

Following the success of these installations, Vitol has recently ordered an additional three EnergoFlow systems and at least four more are being considered for next year.

Media contact for more information on this release: 

Isabella Alder
Positioning and Strategic Communications Manager
Wärtsilä Marine Power 
Tel: +44 (0)7792 681 757

Image(s) caption: The vessels, Elandra Sea (pictured - © Vitol) and Elandra Star, owned by global energy company Vitol, had tailored Wärtsilä EnergoFlow (illustrated - © Wärtsilä Corporation) and EnergoProFin systems installed during summer 2022

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Wärtsilä in brief: 
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,500 professionals in more than 240 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2022, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. 

Wärtsilä Marine Power in brief: 
Wärtsilä Marine Power is a global leader in power, propulsion and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. From our end-to-end digital ecosystem planning to our future fuels development, Marine Power is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. Our broad portfolio of engines, digital technologies, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, and integrated powertrain systems delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support our customers. Our offering includes real-time insights into operations, performance, and energy use, performance-based agreements, lifecycle solutions, and an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise. www.wartsila.com/marine

About Vitol
Vitol is a leader in the energy sector with a presence across the spectrum: from oil to power, renewables and carbon. Vitol trades 7.4 million barrels per day of crude oil and products, and charters around 6,000 sea voyages every year.
Vitol’s counterparties include national oil companies, multinationals, leading industrial companies and utilities. Founded in Rotterdam in 1966, today Vitol operates from some 40 offices worldwide and is invested in energy assets globally including: 17 m m3 of storage globally, roughly 500 k b/d of refining capacity, over 7,000 service stations and a growing portfolio of transitional and renewable energy assets. Revenues in 2022 were $505 billion.