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Wärtsilä and Samsung To Develop Gas-Fuelled Ships

Posted on March 22, 2010

Wärtsilä and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop gas-fuelled merchant vessels, with the intention to develop next-generation ships with efficient LNG propulsion to meet future environmental regulations.

Wärtsilä's input will be related to the propulsion machinery, with particular reference to large bore, dual-fuel engines combined with mechanical propulsion solutions. SHI will concentrate on the design of the vessels incorporating fuel storage facilities and gas-powered propulsion machinery. Merchant vessels to be evaluated include crude oil tankers, for which both propulsion concepts and the performance benefits achieved using LNG as fuel, will be assessed.

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