Wärtsilä Joint Venture to Supply Gensets for Five COSCO Newbuilds

Five new COSCO container vessels will be equipped with twenty Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating sets. Photo courtesy COSCO
Five new COSCO container vessels will be equipped with twenty Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating sets. Photo courtesy COSCO

Finnish marine power solutions provider Wärtsilä says it has been selected to supply 20 generating sets for five newbuild 14,500 TEU containerships being built in China for China Ocean Shipping Group.

The five ships are currently under construction at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group yard, a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. The order was placed this month with Wärtsilä’s 50/50 joint venture with Yuchai Marine Power Company, called Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Co. Ltd (WYEC), which was established in 2012 and began production in mid-2014. The order marks the first order for generating sets since the formation of the joint venture.

Under the contract, WYEC will supply a total of twenty Wärtsilä Auxpac 32, the auxiliary engine version of the popular Wärtsilä 32 family. The Auxpac 32 is available in a 6, 7, 8 or 9 cylinder configuration and is able to operate on different fuels, ranging from the lowest LFO viscosity of 2.0 cSt to an HFO viscosity of 700 cSt (at 50 °C), as well as low and ultra low sulphur fuel oils (<0.01% S).

“This is a very important order that marks the re-establishment of Wärtsilä generating sets within the container vessel market. The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 engine with its excellent reliability and fuel efficiency is highly suited to this application. We are also very pleased to be working with COSCO, a company with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful cooperation and a major player in the industry,” says Mr Roger Holm, Senior Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The generating sets for COSCO will be produced at the WYEC joint venture facilities.

WYEC’s formation was part of Wärtsilä’s strategy to increase its competitiveness in the Asian markets and its focus on the offshore and special segments in China, the world’s largest shipbuilding country.

In September, WYEC inaugurated its new factory in Doumen District, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China, covering a total area of 266,700 square meters. The factory will be used for the assembly and testing of Wärtsilä 20, Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 medium speed engines and is expected to be in full production before the end of 2016.