Wärtsilä to Supply Propulsion system for World’s First CNG Carrier
On Thursday, Wärtsilä announced that the first ever carrier vessel for CNG is to be powered by an integrated Wärtsilä propulsion system. The vessel is being built at the Jiangsu Hantong shipyard in China ordered by CIMC ENRIC and designed by CIMC ORIC for end user Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the Indonesian state owned energy company. The new vessel will feature a 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine operating primarily on natural gas. Wärtsilä will also supply the controlled pitch propeller and gearbox. The 360 foot long carrier is scheduled to be in operation in May 2016 and will transport CNG from Gresik in East Java to the Indonesian island of Lombok where the gas will be used to fuel a power plant.