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Wärtsilä Power for Panama Tugs

Posted on June 30, 2005

Wärtsilä Corporation has been awarded a contract by Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd, Hong Kong, for the supply of propulsion plants for seven, 60 tonne bollard pull Z-Tech tugs contracted by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). For each tug Wärtsilä will deliver a 3600 kW propulsion plant including twin nine-cylinder, in-line Wärtsilä 20 engines each driving a Lips can-mounted steerable thruster having a fixed-pitch propeller in a high efficiency HR-nozzle. The Z-Tech tugs are a modified azimuthing stern drive type, measuring 27.4 m in overall length by 11.5 m in breadth, with a nominal bollard pull of 60 tonnes and a free-running speed of 12.8 knots.

The tugs are being built at Hin Lee (Zhu Hai) Shipyard Co Ltd at Doumen, Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, China, which is owned by Cheoy Lee Shipyards. The tugs will be delivered during the second half of 2006 and in 2007. They will be employed escorting and assisting ships in the Panama Canal.

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