Wärtsilä received an order for a propulsion package from Vietnam in September 2007. The contract was awarded by the Ben Kien Shipyard in Haiphong and involves the supply of a propulsion package for a 564 TEU multi-purpose carrier to be built for Hai Duong Shipbuilding & Shipping Company, both companies being subsidiaries of Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin Group). The vessel, designed by Marine Design & Research Institute of China, has a length of 115.0 m, and a moulded breadth of 20.8 m.
The Wärtsilä propulsion package will comprise an eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 38 diesel engine, 4.40 m-diameter four-bladed controllable-pitch (CP) propeller, shafting, reduction gearbox, stern tube and shaft seals. The Wärtsilä CP propeller will be equipped with a Lipstronic 7000 pitch control system, while the overall engine control will be provided by a Wärtsilä Unified Controls (UNIC) C-2 system. The main engine will develop a maximum continuous power of 5800 kW at 600 rpm.
The propulsion package will be delivered to the shipyard in January 2009. It marks a continued success for Wärtsilä penetrating into a very potential market in Vietnam, especially for container, offshore and other merchant vessels.
Wärtsilä has had a permanent presence in Vietnam since 1994 when it set up a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1998 Wärtsilä obtained a business licence to operate as a 100% foreign-owned service company and founded Wärtsilä Vietnam Co Ltd. In spring this year Wärtsilä opened a new branch office in Hanoi and a fully-equipped service workshop close to Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh City.
Also in spring this year Wärtsilä and Vinashin signed a licence agreement covering Wärtsilä low-speed engines up to 820 mm bore. These are suitable for a wide range of vessels, from handysize bulk carriers to VLCC-size tankers. The agreement marks a major step for Wärtsilä becoming a part of the shipbuilding industry in Vietnam.
The company in Vietnam is actively involved in the promotion of Wärtsilä marine
power and propulsion systems and land based power plants. Full after-sales support
is provided for the complete range of products.
Link to press release, 8 May 2007: Vietnamese engine-builder joins Wärtsilä’s licensee family
Link to press release, 8 May 2007: Wärtsilä opens Vietnam office in Hanoi
Link to press release, 10 May 2007: New Wärtsilä service workshop in Vietnam
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