@Workboat: Wärtsilä Unveils First High-Speed Engine

By Jack Burke29 November 2018

Wärtsilä introduced its first Wärtsilä-branded high-speed engine at the International Workboat Show.

The Wärtsilä 14 is designed to fit requirements for limited space and weight, lower capital expense, to meet current and future global emissions regulations, and to provide customers with improved efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability, the company said.

Developed in close cooperation with Liebherr, one of the largest construction machine manufacturers in the world, first deliveries of the Wärtsilä 14 are planned for the latter part of 2019. Liebherr will be responsible for product development, classification and manufacturing of the engines. The engine is based on Liebherr’s D96 model.

The Wärtsilä 14 serves both as main propulsion and auxiliary genset and is can be used for hybrid installations. The engine is available in 12- and 16-cylinder configurations, delivering a power output of 755-1340 KW in mechanical propulsion, and 675-1155 KWe in auxiliary and diesel-electric configurations.

Wärtsilä’s latest genset is designed for tugs, fishing vessels, offshore service vessels, small ferries, the merchant auxiliary market.

The new engine type will be backed by Wärtsilä’s global lifecycle support and services network.

“We are very proud of this small but mighty high-speed engine,” said Stefan Wiik, vice president, Marine Power Solutions. “Because it heralds entry into a new, strategically important market for our brand, it reinforces our global position as leader of fully integrated technologies and hybrid solutions and bears testimony to the tangible benefits of our close cooperation with Liebherr.”

Wärtsilä announced the genset and completes its offering with the introduction of its HYTug 40 design and concept. A smaller version of the HYTug launched in 2017 and designed for shallow draft operation, this evolution features two Wärtsilä 14 engines along with a hybrid propulsion solution which deliver various flexible operating settings, including a zero-emissions mode. Indeed, the HYTug 40 is characterised by low maintenance and operating costs, in full compliance with global environmental regulations. When fitted with a Wärtsilä NOx reduction system (NOR), she also meets IMO Tier 3 requirements.

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