Technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines, propellers, and fuel supply systems for four new tanker vessels.
The ships will run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel, and are being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands for Sweden based Erik Thun AB.
A 'next generation' design means the 115 metre long coastal tankers are focusing on high energy efficiency, low noise levels both above and below the water, and environmental sustainability.
The equipment will be delivered to the yard commencing in 2018.
A notable feature of the Wärtsilä fuel system to be supplied is its open type Tank Connection Space (TCS) that allows natural ventilation.
The benefits of this system are its reduced weight, a combined cargo heating medium that controls the temperature both inside the TCS as well as for evaporating the LNG, less installation work for the yard, and a reduced power supply requirement.
When delivered, the ice-class 1A vessels will be capable of handling the year round sailing conditions in the Baltic Sea.
Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “The fuel efficiency of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine, whether in gas or diesel mode, was a prime consideration in its selection for these 'next generation' tankers.
“Similarly, the successful track record of both the CPP and LNGPac solutions, and the proven efficiencies that they have demonstrated, were convincing arguments in our favour.”
An important step in automated procedures was recently taken by Wärtsilä after it announced its latest innovation SmartPredict, which aims to provide safer and more efficient vessel operations by reducing the risks associated with manoeuvring.