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Monday, May 31, 2021 

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply Inert Gas Generator (IGG) systems and latest-technology in radio and integrated navigation systems for six new LNG Carrier (LNGC) vessels being built to serve the Arctic LNG 2 project in Russia’s Arctic waters.

The vessels are being constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME), and the contract includes options for an additional two plus two vessels.

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions will deliver the Inert Gas Systems, which are necessary for safe operation of liquefied gas and oil tankers. The contract with Wärtsilä Voyage includes the installation of a multifunction display system consisting of workstations with a full set of applications, including Navi-Sailor Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), Navi-Radar, Navi-Conning navigation information display system, Bridge Alert Management System (BAMS), and Navi-Planner for advanced route planning. The scope includes Iridium satellite communication systems. The workstations are fully integrated into a unified system, which allows the main operational functions to be duplicated, thereby improving the safety of ice navigation.

Jaechul Ha, Sales Manager, IGS, Gas Solutions, said: “These vessels will operate in severe climatic conditions, and it is essential that all onboard systems are capable of safe and reliable performance under all conditions. We have worked closely with both DSME and SCF in the past, and are pleased to continue these relationships.”

“All the navigational systems to be installed come integration-ready with Wärtsilä Voyage’s flagship Fleet Operations Solution — an industry-first cutting-edge technology that improves ship-to-shore synergies and operational efficiencies by integrating previously fragmented navigational services under one platform,” said Alex Van Knotsenborg, Director Global Sales, Wärtsilä Voyage.

The 172,500 m3 capacity vessels will have a high ice-class rating for year-round operations along the challenging northern sea route. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in September 2021. Wärtsilä has previously supplied both IGG and combined IGG/Gas Combustion Units to DSME, and has supplied SCF with Inert Gas Systems for the crude oil tanker fleet and Arctic LNG Carrier series. In January 2021, Wärtsilä Marine Power announced a significant order for 46 dual-fuel engines for the same six LNG carrier vessels being built to serve the Arctic LNG 2 project.

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