Four very large ethane carrier (VLEC) vessels being built for Pacific Gas of Hong Kong by the Jiangnan Shipyard in China will be supplied with fuel supply systems and cargo handling systems from Wärtsilä.
The new-build VLECs, which have been designed mainly for the transportation of ethane, will also use ethane as fuel. Alongside the fuel gas supply and cargo handling systems, Wärtsilä will also provide basic and detailed engineering services, in addition to supervision and commissioning at the yard.
The equipment is due to be delivered to the shipyard in the first six months of 2024, before the first VLEC begins commercial operations in autumn 2025.
The supply contract was said to have been awarded due to Wärtsilä’s knowledge and expertise in systems for large ethane carriers. The order was included in the maritime technology company’s order intake in February 2023.
“The aim with all our products is to secure good quality and functionality that supports optimal operations for the vessel, while adding value to the customer’s business,” said Harald Øverland, sales manager, cargo handling and fuel supply systems, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions. “Our track record speaks for itself, and this contract further extends our market position.”
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