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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 

Wärtsilä says that its experience and track-record in delivering efficient and sustainable solutions for fishing sector vessels has again been recognised with another important contract, from Danish shipbuilder Karstensens Shipyard which has ordered the main propulsion machinery for an 89m pelagic purser/trawler being built for Faroe Islands based fishing group Christian i Grótinum.

Karstensens Shipyard specialises in designing and building sophisticated fishing vessels, and this new ship will be the largest built by the yard to date. It will be powered by a Wärtsilä 31 main engine, which has received recognition from Guinness World Records as being the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine.

Jens Karlsson, General Manager, Area Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Power, said: “Efficiency and sustainability are essential in today’s operating environment, and these values are emphasised with this vessel through the combination of Karstensens’ design and Wärtsilä’s highly efficient solutions.”

“This newbuild promises to set a new standard for pelagic fishing vessels. We required the latest propulsion technology, and Wärtsilä has such a strong reference list in delivering state-of-the-art solutions that they were the obvious partner for us to select,” said Bogi Rasmussen, Skipper and Owner of Karstensens Shipyard.

In addition to the main engine, Wärtsilä will supply a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for reducing NOx emissions, the shaft generator, a two-speed gear with power take-off (PTO) function, the shafting, a controlled pitch propeller (CPP), and Wärtsilä’s ProTouch propulsion control system. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in mid-2021, and the vessel is expected to be completed in January 2022.

Wärtsilä propulsion systems have been developed to provide reliability, low operating costs, environmental friendliness, easy installation/integration, and intuitive operating control. Wärtsilä says it has served the global fishing fleet with more than 20,000 installations.

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