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First Order For Wärtsilä's New RT-flex35

Posted on February 16, 2010

Wärtsilä announced that it has received the first order for its new Wärtsilä RT-flex35 two-stroke engine. The Wärtsilä licensee, Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Co. (YMD), manufacturing low-speed marine engines in China, has signed a contract with Ningbo Donghai Shipping Co. Ltd. to deliver five Wärtsilä RT-flex35 engines for a series of five chemical tankers.

The 17 000 dwt chemical tankers will be built by the Ningbo Shipyard Group in the province of Fujian, China. The shipowner is Ningbo Donghai Shipping Co. who will operate the ships in international trade between the Far East, the Middle East and Europe. The contract signed in January with Ningbo Donghai Shipping Co. is the first order for Wärtsilä RT-flex35 engines.

Wärtsilä started the product development project for Wärtsilä RT-flex35 engines three years ago as a cooperation project with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. in Japan and YMD in China. YMD is one of China's leading marine engine manufacturing companies and part of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. YMD began manufacturing low-speed diesel engines in 1983 and manufactures engines with power outputs in the range 3000 to 17 000 kW. Under license from Wärtsilä, YMD manufactures low-speed marine engines with bore sizes in the 35 to 60 cm range, including Wärtsilä RT-flex50 common-rail engines.

Delivery of the first engine is scheduled for August 2011. The scope of the contract includes five 6-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex35 common rail diesel engines with a power output of 5220 kW.

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