Wärtsilä Launches More Powerful 34DF Engine
Wärtsilä has further developed its dual fuel technology and introduced a more powerful version of its popular Wärtsilä 34DF engine. The Wärtsilä 34DF engine has proven to be a highly efficient and reliable solution for a wide range of vessel applications. The latest version is expected to expand that range even further. Lower fuel consumption of this engine will further improve its environmental performance.
Available since 2003, the Wärtsilä 34DF is mainly used in the LNG-fuelled offshore support vessel market, particularly for tugs, ferries, Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax and workboats. The new and upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine increases the efficiency in both liquid and gas operating modes and offers a power increase up to 500kw per cylinder.
This increased output means that the Wärtsilä 34DF now covers a power range from 2.9-8 MW. In addition to the increase in power, fuel economy is also enhanced, especially when operating in liquid fuel mode. This, together with the high loading capability and the proven reliability of the Wärtsilä 34DF engine, is seen as giving the new version a strong competitive advantage.
When operating in gas mode, the Wärtsilä 34DF engine is already compliant with IMO Tier III regulations without any secondary exhaust gas purification systems. Also when fuelled by gas, the SOx and CO2 emissions are notably reduced, and smokeless operation is attained. In liquid fuel oil mode, the Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines are fully compliant with the IMO Tier II exhaust emissions regulations set out in Annex VI of the MARPOL 73/78 convention. The engine is able to operate efficiently and economically on low sulphur fuels (<0.1% S), making it suitable for operation in emission-controlled areas. The newly obtained certification of emission standard compliance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Wärtsilä 34DF further endorses the environmental compliance of this engine.