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Biggest ever CMA CGM newbuild gets huge Wärtsilä engine

Biggest ever CMA CGM newbuild gets huge Wärtsilä engine
A “mega-class” 20,000 teu vessel under construction at Hanjin for capacity-hungry CMA CGM will be fitted with a low-speed Wärtsilä X92 two-stroke engine, delivered by Wärtsilä jv company Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD).

Under construction at Hanjin’s Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) in Subic Bay, Philippines, the vessel will be the largest in CMA CGM’s fleet. Its engine will be delivered by WinGD, a 70%-30% jv between China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and Wärtsilä respectively.

The X92, the largest of Wärtsilä’s X series, will develop between 24,420 kW and 73,560 kW at 70 rpm to 80 rpm. It is also the most recently launched, having passed its design validation and factory acceptance test at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in February of this year, a month after WinGD was finalised.

"The Wärtsilä X92 engine has been designed to provide exceptional reliability, the lowest operating costs and minimal exhaust emissions, all of which are essential in today's operating environment,” said Martin Wernli, ceo of WinGD. “As container vessels are getting ever bigger in order to achieve economies of scale, it is essential that the engines and propulsion equipment are developed accordingly so as to achieve the efficiencies needed.

“Our successful 2-stroke Generation X engines are evidence of our proven competence and technological leadership and, as a result, we are playing an important role in the large and ultra large container vessel segment.”