Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading
total solutions provider, has been contracted to supply a complete power
system, including two of its 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel medium-speed
engines, for a new dry cargo inland waterway vessel. This order extends the
benefits of gas fuelled operation to an inland waterway vessel, and represents
a strong endorsement of gas as a marine fuel. The vessel will be part of the
ECO2 Inland Vessel project, which is focused on developing innovative measures
for making the inland shipping sector more economically and environmentally
sound. A transition to liquefied natural gas (LNG) is widely viewed as being
one of the most realistic options for significantly reducing the environmental
footprint of marine transportation.
This will be the first ever medium
speed, dual-fuel, mechanically driven inland waterway vessel capable of
operating for 95-99 percent of the time on LNG fuel, with a minimum of pilot
marine gas oil (MGO) used for ignition. The engines are also capable of
operating fully on MGO. In addition to the two Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines, the
scope of the order includes two fixed pitch propellers in a nozzle, the
coldbox, and the LNG tanks.
The 135 meter vessel will set new
standards in environmentally and economically sustainable operations on inland
waterways in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France. The
vessel is being built for Combi International, a Dutch ship development, design
and construction company located in Raamsdonksveer. The order has been placed
by Koedood Diesel Service BV.
ECO2 Inland Vessel project
The vessel is the first of three inland
vessels that will serve as pilots for innovative, environmentally sound power
systems (engines and propulsion) for inland shipping. All three vessels will be
designed, tested and implemented within the ECO2 Inland Vessel project.
A consortium of companies have joined
forces in this project with Wärtsilä Netherlands BV as the co-ordinating
partner. The other partners are Koedood Dieselservice, Combi Group BV, Reederei
Deymann, TNO, DST and Hochschule Emden-Leer. The project's goal is to identify
the most efficient and economical power systems for various types of inland
shipping vessels, to the ultimate benefit of the global inland shipping
industry. The project is part of a larger initiative known as MariTIM (Maritime
Technologies and Innovations Model region Germany-The Netherlands), sponsored
by the EU.
"This ECO2 Inland Vessel project
is helping the inland shipping industry to become more sustainable, whilst at
the same time increasing fuel efficiency and reducing costs. Under the auspices
of the project, all three pilot vessels will be monitored for up to three years
in order to provide valuable input data for future generations of inland
waterway vessels. The Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines have proven their reliability
throughout five million running hours, which clearly indicates our leading
position in this field. Wärtsilä's dual-fuel engine technology, which is well
established in ocean going applications, can now be applied to small scale LNG
fuelled vessel applications," says Bram Kruyt, Director, Inland Water
Ways, Wärtsilä Services at Wärtsilä Netherlands B.V.
Wärtsilä 20DF engines
Wärtsilä's dual-fuel (DF) engine
technology allows flexibility in fuel choice, since the engines can operate
either on LNG, MGO or HFO. In gas mode, harmful exhaust emissions are
drastically reduced since nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are cut by at least 85
percent, CO2 emissions by some 25 percent, while sulphur oxide (SOx) and
particle emissions are reduced by almost 100 percent from those produced by
standard diesel fuel marine engines. The engine is fully compliant with the IMO
Tier III exhaust emission regulations.