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Wärtsilä 46F Engines for Wagenborg Feeder Containership

Posted on June 7, 2005

Wärtsilä Corporation won a contract in April to supply two of the new Wärtsilä 46F engines to power an Ice class 1A, 1700 TEU open-top container feeder vessel ordered by the Dutch shipowner Wagenborg Shipping, a member of the Royal Wagenborg group.

To be built by the Kinderdijk shipyard of IHC Holland Dredgers BV in the Netherlands, the vessel will have dimensions of 167 m in length between perpendiculars and 23.7 m in breadth, and have a draught of 7.7 m. Her hatchless design will ensure fast turnround times in port, while a speed of about 21 knots will give short transit times. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in mid-2006 and will be mainly employed in northern European waters.

Wärtsilä is to supply the ship with both the two main engines and a controllable-pitch (CP) propeller. The main engines are six-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines each with a maximum continuous power of 7500 kW at 600 r/min. They will drive a single, 5.35 m-diameter Lips CP propeller through a combining reduction gearbox. The Lips propeller will be equipped with the latest, compact E-type hub resulting in higher efficiency.

This solution with twin engines driving a single CP propeller provides flexibility in operation on either one or both main engines to provide excellent fuel economy over a wide range of ship speeds.

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