Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Newly Designed Ship to Meet Polar Code Required Environmental Considerations at Every Turn

Technology Group to Equip Multipurpose Transport Vessel Facing Antarctic Conditions
Shipping News Feature
FINLAND – CHINA – NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Having received an order in December to design a state-of-the-art multipurpose transport vessel that will operate in Antarctic waters, technology group Wärtsilä has now been asked to also provide the ship with a comprehensive package of integrated propulsion and hybrid solutions to ensure highly efficient and environmentally sustainable operations.

The ship has been ordered by Norway-based Aker BioMarine and will be constructed in China, at CIMC Raffles, and at 168 metres long, 20,300 dwt vessel will comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Polar Code. The new vessel will be powered by Wärtsilä’s award winning 31 engine, recognised by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine. Two Wärtsilä 20 engines will provide the auxiliary power.

The engines will all be fitted with Wärtsilä’s NOx Reducer (NOR) to prevent nitrogen oxide emissions when in diesel mode. The Finnish group will also deliver the power distribution system, including hybrid drives and a battery package, the gearbox, controllable pitch propeller and thrusters. A Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum Joystick system will be supplied to enhance the efficiency and safety of the ship’s operations.

To ensure optimal system performance and energy utilisation, the integrated solution is controlled by Wärtsilä’s power and energy management system and propulsion control. Eldar Vindvik, Director Fleet Renewal at Aker BioMarine, explained how important it was to get the right equipment for a vessel working in such a sensitive area, saying:

“Protection of the environment is an absolute essential for us, and the design of this vessel has sustainability as a primary focus. It incorporates the latest energy saving and environmentally friendly technologies, such as the hybrid propulsion system, and an advanced heat recovery system that helps to reduce the carbon footprint even further.”

An innovative cargo handling system has had to be developed for a vessel which will be carrying supply goods and liquids, as well as krill products from krill harvesting vessels working in the Antarctic area, with the ship expected to be ready for the 2021 harvesting season. Lilli Chi, Managing Director, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Marine, commented:

“We are proud to have been selected to design and equip this ship. It will be a customised vessel designed specifically to meet the owner’s operational requirements in a challenging environment. It emphasises once again Wärtsilä’s comprehensive strengths and capabilities, as well as our broad offering to the marine market.”