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Wärtsilä Oyj Abp: Wärtsilä fuel flexibility supporting Japan's 'gas age' shipping sector

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 10 February 2016 at 10 am EET

A total of 16 new gas carrier ships being built in Japan for Japanese owners
are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines capable of running on
liquefied natural gas (LNG) or conventional diesel fuels. Wärtsilä's depth of
experience and technological capabilities in gas fuelled propulsion
solutions, were cited as being key factors in the award of these contracts.
The contracts were all placed between the second half of 2014 and December

The orders specify 20 nine-cylinder, 25 six-cylinder and 16 eight-cylinder
Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. This total of 61 engines that will be
running primarily on LNG represents a notable expansion of Japan's gas
fuelled merchant fleet. These will be the first Wärtsilä 50DF engines
delivered for Japan's LNG carrier market. The first of the Wärtsilä machinery
was delivered at the end of December 2015.

"We at Wärtsilä have always been at the forefront in making it possible,
through our technologies, for LNG to become a viable marine fuel. This
experience, our unmatched track record in gas propulsion applications, and
our well proven dual-fuel solutions are why these contracts were awarded to
Wärtsilä. We are honoured and pleased to be making this contribution to
Japan's ongoing shift into shipping's gas age," says Lars Anderson, Vice
President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The 16 vessels have a gas cargo capacity of between 155,000 and 180,000 cubic
metres. They will be employed mainly in delivering shale gas from the USA to

The Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine

One of the reasons for the strong success of this particular engine over the
alternatives is its superior propulsion efficiency. The clear environmental
advantages that operating on gas allows, is another factor in the success of
this technology. When operating in gas mode, the nitrogen oxide (NOx)
emissions are at least 85 percent below those specified in the current IMO
regulations, and CO2 emissions are some 25 percent less than those of a
conventional marine engine running on diesel fuel. Additionally, the sulphur
oxide (SOx) and particle emissions are negligible at almost zero percent.

Both the gas admission and pilot fuel injection are electronically controlled.
The engine functions are controlled by an advanced automation system that
allows optimal running conditions to be set, independent of the ambient
conditions or fuel type.

Link to related information on wartsila.com:Wärtsilä 50DF

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Caption: A 6-cylinder in-line version of the Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engine.

Media contacts:

Mr Lars Anderson
Vice President, Engine Sales
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +65 6265 9122

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:

Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the
marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of
the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2015, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion with approximately
18,900 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in
nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the Nasdaq


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Source: Wärtsilä Oyj Abp via Globenewswire


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