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Sea Power To The Rescue

Wärtsilä to supply propulsion for Chinese government vessels

Posted on September 20, 2013

Wärtsilä has been contracted by the People's Republic of China's Communications Import & Export Corp. to supply the main propulsion system for four new ocean rescue vessels.

The ships are being built at the CSSC Guangzhou Huang-Pu Shipbuilding Company Ltd. shipyard in China and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2014. The order was signed in the second quarter of 2013 and is part of a series of contracts covering a total of 22 vessels.

The comprehensive package of Wärtsilä propulsion solutions comprises 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines, Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers (CPP), gearboxes, shaft generators and Wärtsilä's Lipstronic 7000 propulsion control system.

The company said the overall offering has been optimized to meet the customer's requirements and the operating profile of the vessels. Since ocean rescue operations are typically carried out in rough seas and heavy weather conditions, reliability and safety were high priority considerations in the award of this contract.

The ships will be under the auspices of the Chinese Government's Ministry of Transportation, Rescue and Salvage Bureau. Wärtsilä has been delivering equipment to the China Rescue & Salvage Bureau for more than 15 years.