Wärtsilä provides cargo handling systems to Solvang

Wärtsilä provides cargo handling systems for two Solvang vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of the technology group Wärtsilä, will supply cargo handling systems for two large Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier vessels under construction at HD Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd. in South Korea.

The ships were chartered by Solvang, a Norwegian ship owner. The order is comparable to one placed in 2023 for five vessels built in the same yard for the same owner.

Wärtsilä signed its newest deal in the first quarter of 2024.

The VLGCs are Panamax-sized and represent the next generation of eco-vessels. The vessels will reportedly have a cargo capacity of 88,000 cubic metres (m3) and will contain environmental technologies developed during Solvang’s ECO LPG Carrier development, which lasted 12 years.

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Tor Øyvind Ask, Fleet Director, Solvang ASA, said: “Solvang has a fleet of modern and efficient vessels, all built in accordance with the most up-to-date specifications and fitted with the latest technology. These two new additions to the fleet will feature the most efficient solutions currently available, which is why we have again opted for Wärtsilä cargo handling systems.”

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Patrick Ha, Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions stated: “We continue to enjoy excellent relationships with both Solvang and HHI, as evidenced by this repeat order. The most advanced ship designs demand the most efficient and reliable cargo handling solutions, and that is what we are able to deliver.”

The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered to the yard beginning in mid-2025, with the first ship planned to begin operations in mid-2027.

In March, Wärtsilä reported that sustainable shipping fuels might reach cost parity with fossil fuels as early as 2035 if major emissions measures such as carbon taxes and emission limits are enacted.

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