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Wärtsilä secures China’s largest-ever methanol newbuild order

Wärtsilä secures China’s largest-ever methanol newbuild order
A 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 32M methanol engine (image courtesy Wärtsilä).

Finland-headed international energy and marine technology group Wärtsilä Oyj has announced that it will supply the methanol-fuelled auxiliary engines for five new container vessels for COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd (COSCO) and seven new container vessels for Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). This is the Chinese maritime sector’s largest order to date for methanol-fuelled newbuild vessels.

Each vessel will operate with three 8-cylinder and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 32M engines.

To complement the solution, the ships will be equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust cleaning systems and alternators.

These will be supplied through Wärtsilä’s joint venture company, CWEC (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (CWEC).

Global type certification

The Wärtsilä 32M methanol-fuelled engine has received type approval certificates from several classification societies globally.

Studies have shown that using methanol instead of heavy fuel oil (HFO) can cut carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In particular, green methanol derived from renewable sources could achieve a further reduction in carbon footprint and thus become one of the central decarbonization solutions for carriers in the future.

With decarbonization a major priority for the maritime industry, sustainable fuels, such as methanol, will play a vital role in helping shipping to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As a leader in shaping the decarbonization of marine and energy industries, Wärtsilä continues to make strong investments in developing new fuel-flexible technologies and products that enable the industry’s transition towards greener fuels. It’s why we value our long-term relationship with COSCO Shipping Lines and OOCL and are strongly aligned with their vision in accelerating towards net-zero emissions shipping, said Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine and EVP at Wärtsilä Corporation.

The Orient Overseas Container Line’s 24,000 TEU ships are to be built at the Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering yard, and the COSCO Shipping Lines’ 24,000 TEU ships at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering yard.

The vessels are expected to commence commercial operations in 2026.

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