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Wärtsilä to energy BC’s gas-fuelled escort tugs – ShipInsight

Wärtsilä will supply the main engines and LNG fuel gas supply systems for two new LNG-powered escort tugs being built for Canada’s HaiSea Marine, a joint venture between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan Marine Transportation.

The ships were designed by Robert Allan and are currently being built at Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey. It is expected to be two of the most environmentally advanced escort tugs operating in the coastal waters of British Columbia, Canada.

The two ships are each powered by Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines that run on LNG fuel. The engines will be equipped with the Wärtsilä NOx SCR system to limit nitrogen oxide emissions. Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel storage, supply and control system. The Wärtsilä equipment is due to be delivered to the shipyard in 2022.

“This project is in line with Wärtsilä’s efforts to develop and promote environmentally sustainable technologies and to support the global decarbonization of shipping. We are pleased to continue our close relationship with Seaspan Marine and are proud that our solutions have been incorporated into the Robert Allan RAstar design for this project, ”said Mark Keneford, General Manager, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Wärtsilä previously supplied similar equipment to two operating ferries operated by Seaspan Ferries, another Seaspan affiliate. The successful performance of these ferries and Wärtsilä’s lifecycle support capabilities in Canada were cited as key considerations in the award process.

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