A fully integrated propulsion system from Wärtsilä will give reliability for new Mauritius cargo ship Photo: Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä has won the contract to provide a fully integrated main propulsion system for a new multi-purpose cargo vessel being built for Mauritius Shipping Corporation (MSCL) at the Huanghai Shipyard in China.
Reliability was cited as being a major factor in awarding the deal, as the 8,200dwt vessel will provide essential transportation of goods and passengers between the Republic of Mauritius and the islands of Reunion, Agalega, and Rodriquez.
“The customer has made clear that the emphasis must be on optimal efficiency, integration, support, and reliability, all of which are areas where Wärtsilä excels,” commented Glenn Mattas, regional sales director, Wärtsilä Marine.
The full scope of the integrated supply includes a Wärtsilä 32 main engine, a reduction gear, a controlled-pitch propeller, the Wärtsilä ProTouch remote control system, a transverse thruster, and three Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines. The order was placed in April 2020 and the equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in spring 2021 with commercial operations beginning in 2022.
“We have operated with Wärtsilä main engines since 2001 and have experienced no major breakdowns or disruption to our normal and essential operations during all these years. We are, therefore, very satisfied and in our experience the engines have been extremely reliable, allowing us to enhance our business performance,” said Rishi Ronoowah, chief executive, MSCL.