Wärtsilä informs it has been contracted to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers being built at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Japan for Tokyo based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd. (NYK BP).
The newbuilds will be the first vessels owned or chartered by NYK Group having exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. By fitting the scrubber systems, the ships will be compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) SOx emissions regulations, which come into force in 2020.
"We are pleased and proud to be the supplier of choice for these two new ships, especially as it gives us an inroad into the Japanese market for exhaust gas cleaning solutions,” said Sigurd Jenssen, Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. “The value proposition that Wärtsilä presented was clearly the deciding factor in the award of this contract.”
"Together with Oshima Shipbuilding, we compared performance, price and fuel costs of similar products developed by other companies before choosing Wärtsilä's scrubber system," said a representative from NYK BP.
Wärtsilä said it booked the supply order in June, marking its first for this equipment from any Japanese company.
Under the contract, Wärtsilä will also provide project management and commissioning of the systems.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in July 2018. The first vessel is due to be delivered to NYK in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the second in the first quarter 2019.