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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 

Wärtsilä is to supply a comprehensive package of propulsion machinery for a new asphalt carrier vessel being built at the Wuhu Shipyard in China for Canadian operator McAsphalt Marine Transportation.

This is the 22nd order placed by the Wuhu yard for Wärtsilä propulsion solutions, which Wärtsilä believes emphasises the strong relationship between the two companies. It is the third order for dual-fuel propulsion systems signed by the two parties this year. A strategic cooperation agreement was signed at the same time, marking a new stage of cooperation between Wuhu Shipyard and Wärtsilä. Both parties are committed to working on the research and development of green energy solutions in the shipbuilding field.

Zhang Zhao, Chairman, Wuhu Shipyard, said: “We have had good experience with Wärtsilä’s products over the years, and we trust their efficiency and reliability. This is why we again selected Wärtsilä for this new vessel."

Östen Lindell, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine Power, said: “Our long and successful track record with the Wuhu yard speaks for itself. We appreciate the trust that the yard has in Wärtsilä’s extensive portfolio of propulsion solutions, and we are pleased and proud to have been again selected for this project.”

The 11,700m3 asphalt carrier vessel will operate with two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines, as well as Wärtsilä CP propellers, gearboxes, Energopac rudders and a Wärtsilä transverse thruster. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in December 2022.

The dual-fuel engines were selected for environmental sustainability, while the Energopac rudder solution is a proven fuel-saving technology for CP and FP propeller applications. It features advanced hydrodynamic technology and high vessel manoeuvrability, as well as improved onboard comfort levels compared to conventional propeller and rudder configurations.

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