The Wartsila Yuchai Engine Company Limited (WYEC), a joint venture company founded in 2013, has been contracted to supply two 16-cylinder Wartsila 32 engines for a large new dredging vessel.
The ship is being built at the Dongguan Xiandai Shipbuilding yard for a private Chinese operator. The newbuild will operate on both heavy fuel oil (HFO) and marine diesel oil (MDO).
Wartsila 32 engines will be the largest ever to be installed in this type of ship in China, which will enable the company to extend their operations into deeper waters.
“This is an important order that will strengthen WYEC’s position in China’s marine industry,” said Tapani Karinkanta, Managing Director, WYEC.
“We are expanding our sand pumping business by developing the ability to work in deeper waters than was previously possible. For this we need bigger ships with strong and reliable engines,” said Mr. Mai Xiwen, the owner of the new vessel.
The Wartsila engines are scheduled for delivery by mid 2017, and the ship is expected to begin operations in May 2018.
A ceremony marking the start of construction was held on October 21, and was attended by management and sales personnel from WYEC.