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Wartsila develops customised LNG solution for four short-sea cargo vessels

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Wartsila has developed a customised solution for four LNG-fuelled short-sea cargo vessels ordered by Netherlands-based Wijnne & Barends Chartering, an affiliate of the Dutch Spliethoff Group.

Due of space constraints on short-sea cargo ships, Wartsila has developed a customised solution in close cooperation with the naval architect and the owners that allows the Wartsila LNGPac storage and supply system to be installed below deck without compromising the cargo hold space.

The four new 5,800-dwt lift-on lift-off vessels are being built at China’s Wuhu Shipyard, with the first vessel scheduled to be delivered between September to November 2021.

The vessels will operate in the Baltic and North Seas.

“Minimising our environmental footprint has long been a focal point for us, and the reduction of emissions is a fundamental part of this. The new vessels running on LNG fit well into our continuous drive for greener operations,” said Ad Toonen, technical director of Wijnne & Barends.

Wartsila said the vessels’ LNG propulsion efficiency will be optimised by Wartsila’s Opti Design capabilities that tailors the propeller and HP nozzle to align with the vessel’s hull. These integrated technologies will be supported via Wärtsilä’s Data Collection Unit (WDCU) with iCloud-based services and remote monitoring to optimise operability, fuel economy, and periodic maintenance.

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