Wartsila wins dual-fuel deal

Finland’s Wartsila is supplying the dual-fuel propulsion system for the country’s new icebreaker.

The vessel, ordered by the Finnish Transport Agency at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, will run on LNG and diesel.

When it is launched in late 2015, it will be the first LNG-powered icebreaker in the world.

The contract calls for the supply of one eight-cylinder Wartsila 20DF, two nine-cylinder Wartsila 34DF and two 12-cylinder Wartsila 34DF engines.

"The new icebreaker features the highest technology and will be built especially to operate in the demanding winter conditions of the northernmost Baltic Sea. By being able to use LNG fuel, the vessel will be the most environmentally friendly icebreaker ever built," said Esko Mustamaki, managing director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

The vessel will be able to move continuously through ice 1.6m thick.

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