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Wärtsilä To Convert Product Tanker To LNG Propulsion

Posted on August 31, 2010

Wärtsilä, a ship power products provider, has signed a turnkey contract with Tarbit Shipping of Sweden to convert a product tanker to LNG propulsion, as well as supply the ship with its LNGPac system to store the LNG onboard. This is Wärtsilä’s first order for its LNGPac system.

The contract covers the conversion of the ship’s two main engines to gas-fuelled propulsion, all adjustments to the ship’s systems, updating the ship’s classification certificate and supplying and installing the LNGPac system, which includes two 500 m³ LNG storage tanks, Wärtsilä said.

The Bit Viking has twin screw propulsion with each screw powered by a six-cylinder inline Wärtsilä 46 engine running on heavy fuel oil. These engines will be replaced by six-cylinder inline Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines that run on LNG.

The conversion, scheduled to be completed by June 2011, will allow the 25 000 dwt tanker Bit Viking to qualify for lower nitrogen oxide emission taxes under the Norwegian government’s nitrogen oxide fund program.

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