Wärtsilä to Supply Plant for New Russian Icebreakers
Wärtsilä contracted to supply equipment for two new icebreakers being built for a Russian state-owned enterprise by Vyborg Shipyard.
The vessels, scheduled to be delivered in 2015, will operate mainly in the Baltic Sea and in Arctic waters. Wärtsilä’s strong track record in supplying reliable and technically sound solutions for icebreakers, and other vessels operating in arctic conditions, was cited as being a key factor in the award of this contract. There is an option pending to supply similar equipment for a third icebreaker within this same project.
“Wärtsilä has a leading market position in supplying power and automation systems for icebreakers and other vessels that operate in harsh, arctic conditions. Such ships are usually working a long way from port repair facilities, and for that reason reliability and operating efficiencies are essential. We have worked closely with the leading Russian ship-owners for many years, and they are well aware of our capabilities in this area,” says Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
Wärtsilä has been present in Russia for more than 30 years and has a strong position in the market. The company employs more than 125 people serving the marine and power plant markets, for both new installations and after-sales service of existing installations.
Each icebreaker is to be equipped with:
- 4 x 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 main engines
- 2 x 4-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary gensets
- Wärtsilä Power Management System (PMS)
- Wärtsilä Power Distribution System
- Wärtsilä Power Drive System