New pusher tugs to be powered by Wärtsilä engines

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A pair of new pusher tugs will be powered by engines from Wärtsilä. The vessels, which are being constructed at the Uzmar Shipyard in Turkey, are being built for Brazilian operator Hidrovias do Brasil.

The 46m-long tugs have been designed by Canada-based Robert Allan and will operate along rivers in northern Brazil. Three Wärtsilä 20 engines will be supplied for each vessel and are scheduled for delivery to the yard later this year. Hidrovias already has a dozen pusher tugs operating with Wärtsilä 20 engines.

“We are pleased to have once again been selected as a major equipment supplier for the Hidrovias fleet,” said Mário Barbosa, senior sales manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power. “We have established a very strong relationship with the customer and our track record with previous engine deliveries has clearly led to this latest order.”

“As one of the largest providers of integrated logistics solutions in the Northern Corridor, this project is important for the growth and strengthening of our company,” added Mariana Yoshioka, director of engineering, innovation and operational planning at Hidrovias do Brasil. “We are always looking for partners who can assure us of efficiency, sustainability and reliability. Wärtsilä was the best choice for this project.”

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