Research and development, product launches
In June, the company launched the Wärtsilä 31, a breakthrough engine featuring the most advanced technology. The Wärtsilä 31 engine has significantly reduced maintenance requirements, while also raising fuel efficiency, fuel flexibility, and operational optimisation to levels beyond anything else currently available. The engine achieved a Guinness World Records title for the most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine with diesel fuel consumption as low as 165 g/kWh.
The market leading Wärtsilä 50DF engine has been successfully tested and certified to run on ethane (LEG) fuel. The extensive test programme was carried out by Wärtsilä in close collaboration with Evergas, a world renowned owner and operator of seaborne petrochemical and liquid gas transport vessels.
During the second quarter, Wärtsilä launched several new ship designs. A new innovative anchor handling tug supply vessel design was launched at the Sea Asia exhibition, and four new fuel efficient container feeder vessel designs were launched at Nor-Shipping together with a new and improved platform supply vessel design.