Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Martin Wernli News

5X72DF engine cut-out view. (Photo: Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD))

Wärtsilä Offloads its WinGD Stake to CSSC

In a prepared statement China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Wärtsilä announced that Wärtsilä transferred its 30% shareholding in Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD), headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, to CSSC, one of the largest shipping conglomerates in China. WinGD will continue as an independent, international company to develop and innovate its two-stroke low-speed marine engine portfolio serving merchant markets and customers worldwide. WinGD started the development of large internal combustion engines in 1898 under the “Sulzer” name.

Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer, developer and licensor of Wärtsilä brand low-speed two-stroke engines. The engine is a five cylinder, 50 cm bore 5RT-flex50DF built by Yuchai Marine Power Co., Ltd. (YCMP) at its factory in Doumen, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, in the South of the People’s Republic of China.

The Wärtsilä X92 engine at the Factory Acceptance Test in February 2015, which took place at the Ulsan engine works of Korean licensee Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Wärtsilä X92 Engine for Mega Boxship

The first in a series of 'mega-class' container vessels being built for French Ship owner CMA CGM will be powered by the Wärtsilä X92, low-speed, 2-stroke engine. The vessel is to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) in Subic Bay, Philippines. WinGD is the joint venture company between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), which took over Wärtsilä's 2-stroke engine business in January 2015. The company is owned 70 per cent by CSSC and 30 per cent by Wärtsilä.

Marine Propulsion Technology: Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer, developer and licensor of Wärtsilä brand low-speed two-stroke engines. The engine is a five cylinder, 50 cm bore 5RT-flex50DF built by Yuchai Marine Power Co., Ltd. (YCMP) at its factory in Doumen, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, in the South of the People’s Republic of China.

Wärtsilä, CSSC to Commence 2-stroke Joint Venture

The joint venture agreement between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) for the takeover of Wärtsilä's two-stroke engine business, which was announced in July 2014, has now been finalized. The required government and merger control approvals having been received, official closing took place on January 19, 2015. The company is owned 70% by CSSC and 30% by Wärtsilä, and is to be named Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD). The head office of WinGD remains in Winterthur, Switzerland and the company has subsidiaries in China, South Korea and Japan.

Wärtsilä X62 two-stroke engine has successfully passed its design validation and type approval tests (Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä X62 Engine Ready for Production

Wärtsilä reports that its first X62 two-stroke engine has successfully passed its design validation, type approval tests and necessary sea trials, and is therefore ready for full market availability. The Wärtsilä X62 is the latest in Wärtsilä's X-Generation of engines that was introduced in 2012. Thus far orders have been received for 127 X-Generation engines which feature a high stroke-to-bore ratio, thus achieving a lower engine speed and reduced brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC).

Martin Wernli, Vice President, 2-stroke, Wärtsilä Ship Power and Takashi Nakanishi, President of Diesel United

Wärtsilä, Diesel United Renew Pact

Wärtsilä and Diesel United Ltd in Japan have signed a ten-year renewal of their co-operation agreement for the sale, manufacturing and servicing of Wärtsilä low-speed marine engines. Diesel United is a long-standing member of the Wärtsilä family of low-speed engine licensees. The renewal was signed on the 66th anniversary of the signing of the licence by Diesel United for Sulzer low-speed marine engines on 4 October 1948. This has been Diesel United's sole licence for low-speed two-stroke diesel engines throughout the years since then.

Signing ceremony: Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä License Jangsu 2-Stroke Marine Engine Manufacture

Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd inform that it has signed a licence agreement for the manufacture and sales of Wärtsilä 2-stroke marine engines by China-based Jangsu Antai Power Machinery Co. Ltd. (JAD) which is the former large horse-power division of Wuxi Diesel Engine Plant). Under the terms of this agreement, JAD will be able to manufacture and sell the entire portfolio of Wärtsilä 2-stroke engines. Initially, JAD will focus on small and mid-sized engines up to and including the Wärtsilä X-72 bore engines.

Wärtsilä to Divest its Shares in Two-stroke JV

Wärtsilä announced that it will divest its shares in the Qingdao Qiyao Wärtsilä MHI Linshan Marine Diesel Co. Ltd. (QMD), the joint venture company established for manufacturing large low-speed marine diesel engines. Wärtsilä's shares in the joint venture will be transferred to the current majority shareholder, Qingdao Qiyao Linshan Power Development Co. Ltd., a company fully owned by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The agreement was signed today in Beijing, China. Wärtsilä said the value of the transaction is not significant…

Marine Diesel Engine X72: Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä X72 & X62 Marine Diesel Engines Pass TAT

Wärtsilä inform that both its X72 and X62 two-stroke engines have recently successfully passed important tests that verify various performance criteria. The Type Approval Test (TAT) for the Wärtsilä X72 took place at the premises of Wärtsilä's licensee, Doosan Engine Co. Ltd, in Changwon, South Korea, followed by a successful Sea Trial carried out by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC). In passing the TAT, the engine is verified as having fulfilled all classification society requirements, and is therefore fully introduced to the market.

RT Flex 50DF Engine: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Important China Dual-Fuel Diesel Engine Order for Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä inform that its new  low-pressure, 2-stroke, dual-fuel engine (DF), the 5-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF engine, together with the gas valve unit and other relevant equipment, has been ordered for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessel being built for the Chinese ship owner and operator, Zhejiang Huaxiang Shipping Co.Ltd. The Qidong Fengshun Ship Heavy Industry Co., Ltd in China is building the new vessel according to the Chinese Class Society (CCS) standards.When delivered in August 2015…

New Wärtsilä X72 Powerplant Passes Crucial Test

Wärtsilä said that the first ever Wärtsilä X72 mid-bore, low-speed engine has successfully passed the factory acceptance test. This milestone verifies that the engine fulfils the design criteria for performance and functioning, and that it has been accepted by the customer and the Lloyd's Register of Shipping classification society. The tests were carried out at the Doosan Engine Co. Ltd factory in South Korea, where the engines are being produced under license from Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä launched its low-speed Generation X engine series in May 2011.

The new two-stroke gas engine design was developed within Wärtsilä’s global R&D function. The design was carried out jointly at Winterthur, Switzerland and Vaasa, Finland. The Wärtsilä engine laboratory located in Trieste in Italy was the site for test installation as it has gas supplies.

Ship Power: Out of the Past Comes Wärtsilä's Engine of the Future

Although the well-known Finnish company Wärtsilä has a very long history, it was founded in 1834, the diesel engine era begins when the company signs a license agreement with Friedrich Krupp Germania Werft AG in Germany. The first diesel engine sees the light of day in Turku in November 1942. From there on Wärtsilä passed a number of rapid expansions in all fields of products. Some of the products stayed and some disappeared. The concentration of being a full solution provider for the maritime industry started in the early 2000’s after lots of talks with potential customers worldwide.

Contract signatures: Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä X92 Engines the Choice for New 4 Turkish Container Ships

Wärtsilä say they are to supply their Wärtsilä X92 main engine for a series of four Post Panamax 9000 TEU container ships (with options for a fifth) to be built for the Ciner Group, based in Istanbul, Turkey. Each vessel will be powered by an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä X92 engine and will be built at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) shipyard's facilities in Subic Bay, the Philippines. The choice of the Wärtsilä X92 engine was based on its particularly high efficiency and environmental performance.

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä to Launch Dual-fuel Engine Series

Wärtsilä successfully conducted full scale testing on gas of its low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel engine and is now introducing a full new range of engines based on its established and well-proven low pressure technology. The first engine utilizing this technology, the Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF, will be available for delivery in the third quarter of 2014. Other engines from the company's new Generation X series will follow and will be available for delivery during 2015 and 2016. The entire portfolio of Wärtsilä two-stroke engines will be available as low pressure dual-fuel (DF) versions.

Wärtsilä RT-flex58T version D ER-3 engine: Photo credit Wärtsilä

De-rated Wärtsilä Diesel Engine Passes TAT

Wärtsilä announce that another of its two-stroke engines, the Wärtsilä RT-flex58T version D ER-3 , has successfully passed its Type Approval Test (TAT). This engine is a further optimised version of the Wärtsilä RT-flex58T version D engine with reduced power and greater fuel economy. The new version has been specifically redesigned to meet the operating demands of Panamax bulk carriers, and in passing the TAT milestone, the engine is verified as having fulfilled all classification society requirements.

Wärtsilä X40 engine (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä X40 Engine Passes Type Approval Tests

Wärtsilä announced that its Wärtsilä X40 two-stroke engine has successfully passed its Type Approval Test (TAT). The testing was carried out in Zhuhai, China, at Wärtsilä's licensee Yuchai Marine Power Co. Ltd (YCMP). In passing the TAT, the engine is verified as having fulfilled all classification society requirements, and will be fully introduced to the market following its sea trials, which are now being undertaken. A feature of the testing was meeting the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards.

Wärtsilä X72 Engines Selected for Six Vessels

Wärtsilä, a marine industry's  solutions and services provider, is to supply its recently introduced Wärtsilä X72 licensed engines to power six new vessels for two Singapore based shipping companies. Wärtsilä equipment will be installed on four container vessels that Pacific International Lines (PIL) has ordered from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), in China, and on two bulk carriers being built by Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (BSHIC) also in China. The Wärtsilä X72 has been selected as the main engine for these ships…