Wärtsilä launches new engine

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 29 September 2004 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä launches the new Wärtsilä 46F engine today at the SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology) Trade Fair in Hamburg.

The Wärtsilä 46F medium-speed marine engine is Wärtsilä’s latest R&D achievement. It is an outstanding example of Wärtsilä’s long experience combined with innovative new features. The engine meets the requirements for reliability, economy and environmental efficiency regarded as especially important in the market today.

The objective in developing the Wärtsilä 46F engine is to reinforce Wärtsilä’s position as the leading supplier of ship power systems. The main market for the Wärtsilä 46F consists of cruise ships, cargo and container ships, and RoRo vessels. The engine in its basic configuration is also suitable for power plant applications. The Wärtsilä 46F is a completely new engine even though its main dimensions are similar to its popular and reliable predecessor, the Vasa 46 engine launched in 1987.

Latest technology
The major components and systems in the Wärtsilä 46F represent the latest technology, achieving high performance and record low emission levels, whatever the fuel qualities. The engine is ideal for applications that place a high premium on optimal use of space, economy, outstanding environmental efficiency and adaptability to different fuel grades. The Wärtsilä 46F engine is designed to take advantage of the CBM system (Condition Based Maintenance). CBM moves maintenance operations away from scheduled, preventive action to a more flexible approach based on predictive maintenance based on actual needs.

The new 46F engine will be available from the end of 2005.

Further information:
Mikael Mäkinen, Group Vice President, Ship Power, tel. +358 10 709 5620
Eeva Kainulainen, Vice President, Corporate Communications, tel. +358 10 709 5235

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