Wärtsilä Low-Speed Engines Selected For Chinese Container Vessels
China Shipping Container Lines Co., Ltd. (CSCL), part of the China Shipping Group (CSG), has chosen Wärtsilä main engines for eight container vessels. The Wärtsilä engines for this order will be built under license by Doosan Engine, Korea. Wärtsilä will supply a package of support services for this order, which was placed in October. The ships are to be built at the Jiangnan Changxing shipyard in Shanghai.
"The low fuel consumption across many load parameters was the key technical reason to select the Wärtsilä common rail 2-stroke engine," commented Mr Li Xueqiang, deputy GM of CSCL. This latest order marks the first order for Wärtsilä main engines for CSG's container vessel fleet.
This order calls for Wärtsilä to supply its 7-cylinder RT-flex68TD common rail 2-stroke engines for the eight 4700 teu container vessels. The selection of this particular engine type came after CSG scaled down the original speed specified in the design, in line with the downturn in the shipping market, to a maximum of 18 knots.
The CSG fleet is largely powered by Wärtsilä engines, and currently has more than 310 Wärtsilä engines in service, including close to 100 low speed main engines and more than 210 four-stroke engines. About 75 Wärtsilä engines are contracted to be delivered during 2010-2012, including more than 20 low speed main engines and 55 four-stroke engines.
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