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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract for the supply of cargo handling and fuel supply system for two new 98,000m3 Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) vessels being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea, with an option for a third vessel.

The order follows a similar contract awarded in 2019 for three VLECs, also under construction at SHI. Wärtsilä’s says its experience in this field was a key reason for this repeat order.

These specialised ships will feature Wärtsilä’s tailormade and highly efficient reliquefaction unit and a high-pressure ethane fuel supply system, claimed to be unique. The entire system will feature Wärtsilä’s latest version of the in-house developed remote monitoring and diagnosis tool Operim.

Kjell Ove Ulstein, Sales and Marketing Director, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, said: “As the market leader in cargo system designs for VLECs, we are pleased to have been awarded this order. The ships will operate on ethane fuel, so the design of the cargo handling system is very specialised. We have a well-proven track record in delivering highly efficient solutions for these kinds of projects.”

The new contract comes as an addition to Wärtsilä’s many previous contracts with SHI, featuring cargo handling systems, LNG reliquefaction and regasification and VOC recovery systems. Wärtsilä Gas Solutions focuses primarily on handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions.

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