Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver 16 engines for four new LNG carrier vessels being built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in China.
Under the order, booked in August 2017, the company’s joint venture CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co would deliver the engines to the yard starting in the second half of 2018.
Each of the four 174,000 m3 capacity vessels will be fitted with four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel generating sets running primarily on LNG fuel to provide the ships with auxiliary power. Their total power output will be 56 MW.
The LNG carriers are scheduled to be delivered commencing in 2019. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships are being built for Japan’s shipping major Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
Wärtsilä informed that its 34DF engine, which features advanced dual-fuel technology, is used for both main engine and generating set applications. The Wärtsilä 34DF is manufactured in configurations from 6L to 16V, giving 500 kW per cylinder and a total maximum mechanical output of 8000 kW. The engine speed is 720 / 750 rpm.