Nord Pilgrim newbuilds choose Wärtsilä propulsion systems

A pair of Skipsteknisk-designed ST-116XL factory trawlers being built for Murmansk operator Nord Pilgrim are to be fitted with complete Wärtsilä propulsion packages.

Owners of the 80.40m LOA by 15.40m beam trawlers under construction at the the PJSC Vyborg shipyard in Russia have selected Wärtsilä to provide the engines and complete propulsion systems, including the propulsion controls for two new factory trawlers. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in June, 2017.

The two trawlers will be reinforced to Ice3 class, enabling them to extend fishing activities into the Barents Sea and North Atlantic. Frequently challenging conditions mean that reliability and efficiency of the propulsion arrangement was considered a key factor in awarding the contract to Wärtsilä. The Wärtsilä engines are also compliant with the IMO's current Tier II regulations.

‘For vessels with just a single main engine and one propeller operating in remote and difficult waters, nothing can be allowed to go wrong. For this reason, we are proud that Wärtsilä was chosen to supply the propulsion machinery. It is a clear endorsement of the proven reliability of this technology. The fact that we are supplying the full package allows us greater control over the complete driveline,’ said Wärtsilä Corporation’s Alexander Staritsyn, in charge of the group’s European and African marine sales.

‘Nord Pilgrim's current fleet already uses a number of Wärtsilä solutions, and we have worked with Wärtsilä on other successful projects, commented PJSC Vyborg’s director Alexander Solovyev. ‘We are very confident that their engines and equipment are the right choice for these vessels.’

Each of the two trawlers will be fitted with an 8-cylinder 32 main engine, driving a controllable pitch propeller via a gearbox, all manufactured by Wärtsilä. The gearbox has integrated hydraulics, which increases its reliability while also reducing the space requirement, which also facilitates installation and commissioning.

Also included in the Wärtsilä package are a transverse thruster and a Wärtsilä ProTouch propulsion control system. Auxiliary power will be generated by 6-cylinder and 4-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 Auxpac engines.

The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in March 2018 and January 2019.

WorldFishingToday - 08-08-2017

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