Wärtsilä Wins First Order for “Game Changing” Dual-Fuel 2-Stroke Engine

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December 2, 2013

An illustration of the Terntank tankers. Image courtesy Terntank

Finnish engine maker Wärtsilä officially announced that it has received its first order for the company’s new “game changing” 2-stroke, low pressure, dual-fuel engine from the Denmark-based tanker operator, Terntank Rederi A/S, for two new 15,000 DWT tankers. These will be the first installations of this engine and the order includes an option for two more vessels.

The new Wärtsilä technology was just recently introduced at a customer event held at the company’s Trieste, Italy facilities on November 12 (you can see an amazing collection of pics from that event HERE). The first engine utilizing this technology is the Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF.

Combined with an advanced hull design from Rolls-Royce, the tankers for Terntank will reduce emission of particles by more than 90%, NOx by 80% and CO2 by 35%, Terntank says. The new engine is IMO Tier III emissions compliant in gas mode without need of NOx abatement equipment.

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The significance of the availability of low pressure, dual-fuel engine technology for 2-stroke engines is that it provides notable economic and environmental advantages over other technologies, Wärtsilä says. The engine is expected to provide capital expenditure (CAPEX) savings of between 15 and 20 percent compared to other 2-stroke gas engine on the market thanks to the fact that no exhaust gas cleaning systems are needed and that the LNG and gas handling system is substantially simpler and of lower cost since only low pressure gas compression is required.

Another key benefit, Wärtsilä says, is that the technology allows stable operation on gas across the entire load range, meaning that at low loads, there is no need to switch to diesel.

The selection of the Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF engine is a central feature of Terntank’s ‘Into the future – Baltic SO2lution’ project, supporting the development of more environmentally sustainable and energy efficient shipping in the Baltic Sea region, and the building of an LNG infrastructure. Since the Baltic Sea is a designated Emissions Control Area (ECA), the use of LNG as fuel is seen as being an effective means of attaining cost-efficient regulatory compliance.

When operating in gas mode, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF engine are at least 85 percent below those specified in the current IMO regulations. CO2 emissions are some 25 percent less than those of a conventional marine engine running on diesel fuel, while the sulphur oxide (SOx) and particle emissions are negligible at almost zero percent.

“These newbuild tankers will be among the world’s most environmentally sustainable ships, and we are very proud of this. With the Wärtsilä engine technology they are Tier III compliant in gas mode, which of course means that we can operate in the Baltic Sea ECA without restrictions. Moreover, we expect considerable fuel cost savings. Conventional product tankers of this size have an average bunker consumption of 22 to 25 tons a day. With these newbuildings we expect daily bunker consumption of just 14 tons,” says Tryggve Möller, Board Member of Terntank Rederi A/S.

“When the new Wärtsilä 2-stroke, low pressure, dual-fuel engine technology was introduced it was widely hailed as being a ‘game-changer’ for the industry, since it makes IMO Tier III compliance possible for virtually all vessel types running on LNG as a primary fuel, and with the lowest CAPEX and OPEX. These first installations are, therefore, an historic landmark in the process towards general acceptance of LNG as a marine fuel and a cleaner future for shipping,” says Martin Wernli, Vice President, 2-stroke, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The Wärtsilä 2-stroke dual-fuel technology will be rolled out to the entire Wärtsilä Generation X Engine low-speed engine portfolio. Already today Wärtsilä RT-flex50, Wärtsilä X62 and Wärtsilä X72 engines can be delivered with a dual-fuel (DF) ready package to prepare the engine for a DF conversion if needed later on.

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