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Wärtsilä X62 In Business

First two orders will power bulk carriers, long-range tankers; engine fully compliant with Tier 2 requirements

Posted on July 17, 2013

Wärtsilä has received its first two orders – a total of seven engines – for the Wärtsilä X62 two-stroke, low-speed engine, which the company said is tailor-made for Panamax bulk carriers, Aframax or long-range 2 (LR2) tankers and container feeders.

The Wärtsilä X62 has a cylinder bore of 620 mm, a power output range of 6.3 to 21.2 MW and comes in four- to eight-cylinder configurations. Wärtsilä said the X62 is fully compliant with IMO Tier 2 requirements and can also be equipped with a SCR catalyst to meet IMO Tier 3 NOx emissions levels, and a scrubber to reduce SOx emissions to 0.1% - even with high sulfur fuels.

The main engines will be supplied to power four LR2 tankers being built for Kyklades Maritime Corp., a Greek ship owner, at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI) in South Korea; and three bulk carriers for Suisse-Atlantique, the Switzerland based global fleet operator, to be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard’s (HMD) facilities in Vietnam.

Both orders were signed during the second quarter of 2013 and the engines will be manufactured by Wärtsilä’s licensee, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. - Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD), in South Korea.

Delivery of the engines to the four 115 000 DWT tankers is scheduled for June 2014, and the vessels are expected to be in global operation by the end of 2014. The ships will fully comply with the International Maritime Organization's Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).

The engines for the three 88 000 DWT bulk carriers are to be delivered in April, July and October 2015, and the ships are scheduled to be launched in June, September and December 2015 and operate worldwide.