Wärtsilä, Finland’s source provider specializing in marine and energy, announced on May 13, 2019 that it has been awarded a contract by Oilfield Services Co Ltd (COSL), a Chinese oilfield service provider, to provide 40 generating sets for 12 new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuelled platform supply vessels (PSV). Wärtsilä’s new PSV will mark the first such vessels to be built for a Chinese owner.
Wärtsilä revealed that it was selected over strong competitive bids because of the multiple benefits of the Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines. Wärtsilä 20DF engines’s main features are its high fuel efficiency in low operating costs as well as its low-load operating ability and proven reliability and durability. Besides, its operation is in good environmental performance.
Henrik Wilhelms, Segment Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine pointed out that the company values efficiency and environmental sustainability as its first concern. Hence, Wärtsilä 20DF engines were built to serve the company’s intention.
“We are proud to maintain our leading position in this market by being selected for China’s first LNG fuelled PSVs,” said Wilhelms.
“More and more ships are being built for use with LNG fuel, and we see these 12 ships as part of a trend that will continue to grow. This is why we chose Wärtsilä, a company with experience and know-how in LNG fuel solutions,” said Mr Liu Hui, Manager of COSL Shipping’s Shipbuilding Project Management Team.
The new PSVs for China Oilfield Services was ordered in March 2019 and currently under manufacturing process taking place at the Wuchang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry yard and the Liaonan Shipyard in China.
40 Wärtsilä engines were expected to be launched to the shipyards at the end of 2019.