Research and development, product launches
A new, highly efficient, Aframax tanker design offering practical and viable solutions that meet current and forthcoming emissions legislation was launched in June. The new Aframax design emphasises energy efficiency to provide lower operating costs and enhanced environmental performance. Also in June, Wärtsilä introduced the new FPP Opti Design, a state-of-the-art fixed pitch propeller design concept that offers fuel savings of up to four per cent and highly reliable full scale performance predictions.
In May, Wärtsilä received an important service level recognition for its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard propeller shaft sealing systems from Lloyd’s Register. The recognition confirms that the sealing systems meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements.
During the review period, the first Wärtsilä X72 two-stroke engine passed its type approval test at the premises of Wärtsilä’s licensee, Doosan Engine Co. Ltd, in South Korea. This was followed by a successful sea trial carried out by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. In addition, the first Wärtsilä X62 two-stroke engine successfully passed its factory acceptance test at Hyundai Heavy Industries Engine and Machinery Division’s factory in South Korea. This verifies that the engine fulfils the design criteria for performance and functioning.