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2015-05-25

Wärtsilä Oyj Abp: Wärtsilä offers complete propulsion packages compatible with Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in US waters

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 25 May 2015 at 10 am EET

Wärtsilä has developed propulsion systems that are capable of operating with
Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) and comply with the US Vessel
General Permit 2013 (VGP-2013). Wärtsilä is among the first marine propulsion
solutions suppliers to achieve this compliance for complete propulsion
packages.

For vessels operating in US waters, VGP-2013 mandates the use of EALs in all
oil-to-sea interfaces unless technically unfeasible. VGP-2013 was issued by
the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is applicable to all vessels
sailing in US coastal waters.

Wärtsilä began work on developing an effective solution in 2013, working
together with numerous EAL suppliers. EALs have since been extensively tested
with Wärtsilä steerable thrusters at the Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre in
Tuusula, Finland. This testing has provided Wärtsilä with a deep technical
understanding of the EAL impact on marine propulsion systems.

To make the company's propulsion systems EAL compatible, product modifications
have been made to various elements, including the seals, hydraulics and oil
monitoring systems. Wärtsilä has acquired detailed specification knowledge of
adapting full hydraulic systems to make them EAL compatible, as well as
comprehensive experience of the impact of EAL compliance on seals. Wärtsilä
has also obtained full intellectual property rights on the newly developed
flushed hub solution.

The first vessels to be fitted with Wärtsilä's VGP-2013 compliant propulsion
package are four BigRoll MC Class module carriers currently under
construction at the COSCO shipyard in Dalian, China. The four state of the
art MC class vessels (DP2 prepared, flush deck, 1A ice class and high service
speed) will be operated by BigRoll Shipping for large module transportation
services for offshore and onshore projects. The propulsion equipment will
include Wärtsilä main engines, Wärtsilä tunnel thrusters (WTT) and Wärtsilä
controllable pitch propeller systems (WCPs).

The four 173-metre-long module carriers will be used for serving onshore
energy projects and offshore transportation requirements for which excellent
dynamic positioning capability is needed and for which the vessels are
prepared. The vessels' design emphasises high ballasting capacity, low fuel
consumption, high service speed and excellent sea-keeping behaviour, meaning
lower acceleration forces on the cargo.

VGP-2013 compliancy is available for new built installations. For existing
sailing installations, Wärtsilä can perform a feasibility study for each
particular vessel. In many cases it is possible to change the propulsion
installation to a VGP-2013 compliant system.

"Wärtsilä is once again proud to demonstrate its technical leadership with
this breakthrough compliance with important US legislation. Vessels with
VGP-2013 compliant Wärtsilä propulsion solutions will be allowed to operate
freely in US coastal waters, as the environmentally advanced systems
eliminate the possibility of mineral oil spills into the sea," says Arto
Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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Caption: The first vessels to be fitted with Wärtsilä's VGP-2013 compliant
propulsion package are four BigRoll MC Class module carriers currently under
construction at the COSCO shipyard in Dalian, China. Image courtesy of
RollDock Shipping.

Media contacts:

Mr Wim Knoester
Director Sales Propulsion
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Tel: +31 416 388216
wim.knoester@wartsila.com

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439
marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com

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 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately
17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in
nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Helsinki, Finland.
www.wartsila.com

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Source: Wärtsilä Oyj Abp via Globenewswire

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