Wärtsilä will supply engines and propeller systems for two new 8000 m3 trailing suction hopper dredgers being built for the Adani group, India’s largest private multi-port operator.
The vessels are the first of a new IHC Beagle series designed by Royal IHC (IHC) of the Netherlands. IHC will also build the dredgers. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in February.
Wärtsilä will supply two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines for the first vessel, and two 7-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines for the second one, together with four Wartsilla controllable pitch propeller (CPP) systems with shafts. The Wärtsilä 32 engine has a bore and stroke of 320 X 400 mm and achieves 580 kW per cylinder.
Wärtsilä said it has considerable experience in providing propulsion solutions for dredgers, and has worked closely with IHC, with which it has a strategic alliance. The engines selected for these vessels have the right output power for the ships’ operational profiles and will be tuned accordingly, the company said.
“We are very familiar with Wärtsilä’s propulsion solutions, and are confident that they are a good choice for this new series of dredgers. The vessels will feature high levels of efficiency and maximum uptime, and the reliability and excellent performance of Wärtsilä’s main engines are key contributors to this,” said Sander Korving, director Supply Chain Management of Royal IHC.
In addition, Wärtsilä will supply a Super Trident sewage treatment plant with vacuum generation for both vessels. Delivery of this equipment will commence in September 2016. The first of the dredgers is scheduled for delivery to the customer in the end of 2017.