Wärtsilä wins engine order for new containerships

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Power solutions giant Wärtsilä will supply main engines for the first series of ‘Bangkok Max’ containerships, currently under construction at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China, establishing Wärtsilä’s RT-flex engine technology as standard for this type of vessel.

The ships, which will operate as feeder vessels in Asian waters, will be fitted with eight Wärtsilä RT-flex60C main engines, to be built by Hudong Heavy Machinery in Shanghai. Wärtsilä has emphasised the engine’s compact design, fuel consumption capabilities and environmental upgrade potential as key factors behind the contract.

Four of the vessels were commissioned by Athens-headquartered ship management company Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, while the remaining four are being constructed for Buss Shipping (part of Buss Group from Hamburg), renowned for its port operations in Northern Europe and for its container financing by Buss Capital. Machinery for the first of these 1700 TEU container vessels will be delivered in 2012.

Stefanos Tsonakis, Technical Manager of Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd, said: “Electronic engines have been selected by our company in order to better meet the environmental requirements with high flexibility and efficiency throughout the entire engine load range and vessel speed.”