Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply its Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating sets for eight new 13,500 TEU container vessels being built for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). Four generating sets are needed for each vessel, making a total of 32 sets in all. The order was placed in March 2016 with Wärtsilä's joint venture company, CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co Ltd (CWEC). The ships have been ordered from the Hudong-Zhonghua yard in China.
The total power output from the contracted Wärtsilä engines will exceed 100 MW. Delivery of the engines to the yard will commence in the first half of 2017.
The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 is the auxiliary engine version of theWärtsilä 32 family, of which more than 1,200 engines are in operation worldwide. Wärtsilä said it is its most powerful Auxpac generating set and is aimed at the upper end of the merchant shipping market, notably large container vessels with an auxiliary power need of from 2,500-4,500 kWe per generating set.