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Maritime Propulsion

Posted by September 4, 2015

Vulica Orders Clean-tech Solutions for Bulker Newbuilds

WE Tech Solutions Oy and China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry signed a contract for the delivery of two Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solutions to a series of 6,8000 DWT bulk carriers, recently ordered by Texas-based Vulica Shipping.

Based in Vaasa, Finland, WE Tech will deliver its Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution to a series of two panamax sized self-unloading bulk carriers, ordered by Vulica Shipping in the U.S. The vessels will be built by Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry in China. The contract signing took place on June 24, 2015 and equipment delivery will commence in May, 2016.

The WE Drive and the Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator technology deliver energy efficiency for ship machinery. With its active front-end low harmonic drive technology the WE Drive allows the shaft generator to operate over the full main engine speed range, while generating electricity for the vessel’s electrical network with high efficiency over the entire range. This feature is particularly prominent in electrical part loads – the normal electrical load condition in any ship.

With the WE Drive and Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator in Power Take Out (PTO) mode, power for the vessel’s electrical network is generated by the two-stroke Main Engine instead of the less efficient Auxiliary Generators. As the operating hours of the Auxiliary Generators are drastically reduced, significant savings are achieved from reduced maintenance as well.

In 2014 and 2015, WE Tech received several orders of Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solutions. These solutions will be delivered to the Chinese Tianjin Xingang shipyard for a series of four new build vessels owned by Wallenius Lines of Sweden, to Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding for a series of four new build vessels owned by Terntank Rederi AS of Denmark, and to Turkish Besiktas Shipyard for a series of two new build vessels owned by Transport Desgagnés of Canada.

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