Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has been contracted by the People’s Republic of China’s Communications Import & Export Corporation to supply the main propulsion system for four new ocean-rescue vessels. The ships are being built at the CSSC Guangzhou Huang-Pu Shipbuilding Company shipyard in China, and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2014. The order was signed in the second quarter of 2013 and is part of a series of contracts covering 22 vessels in all.
The comprehensive package of Wärtsilä propulsion solutions comprises 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines, Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers (CPP), gearboxes, shaft generators and Wärtsilä’s Lipstronic 7000 propulsion control system. The overall offering has been optimized to meet the customer’s requirements and the operating profile of the vessels. Since ocean-rescue operations are typically carried out in rough seas and heavy weather conditions, reliability and safety were high priority considerations in the award of this contract. The ships will be under the auspices of the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Transportation, Rescue and Salvage Bureau.