Wärtsilä will supply the fuel supply system and of cargo handling system for two new 98 000 cbm Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea, with an option for a third vessel.
This order follows a similar contract awarded in 2019 for three VLECs, also under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries.
These highly specialized ships will also feature Wärtsilä’s tailormade and reliquefaction unit and a unique high-pressure ethane fuel supply system. The entire system will also feature Wärtsilä’s latest version of the in-house developed remote monitoring and diagnosis tool, Operim.
“As the market leader in cargo system designs for VLECs, we are pleased to have been awarded this order,” said Kjell Ove Ulstein, Sales and Marketing Director in Wärtsilä Gas Solutions. “The ships will operate on ethane fuel, so the design of the cargo handling system is very specialized. We have a well-proven track record in delivering highly efficient solutions for these kinds of projects.”
The new contract comes as an addition to Wärtsilä’s many previous contracts with SHI, featuring among other contracts solutions for cargo handling systems, LNG reliquefaction and regasification and VOC recovery systems.
Wärtsilä Gas Solutions’ main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions.