Sirius Veder Gas has selected the Wärtsilä propulsion solution to power its new 5,800m³ LNG bunker and feeder vessel, which is being built at Royal Bodewes, Hoogezand, in the Netherlands.

The propulsion package will consist of a six-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel main engine, a reduction gearbox with power take-off (PTO), a shaft line, and a controllable pitch propeller.

The main engine is capable of running on either LNG or diesel, and the shaft line is suitable for use with environmentally friendly lubricants, and equipped with a Wärtsilä Airguard aft seal.

According to Wärtsilä, the 34DF engine version features high-power output and reduced fuel consumption in gas, as well as diesel modes.

"The use of LNG as a marine fuel is rapidly increasing and there is growing demand for efficient bunker and feeder vessels."

The vessel does not require secondary exhaust cleaning systems, and will comply with the IMO’s Tier III NOx emission regulations when it is in gas mode.

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions general manager Göran Österdahl said: "Since Wärtsilä introduced dual-fuel engine technology, more than 1,300 Wärtsilä DF engines have been ordered.

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"Similarly, bunkering & feeder vessels such as this one are also increasingly taking advantage of our proven technology."

In January, Sirius Veder, a joint-venture owned by Anthony Veder Group and Sirius Rederi, placed an order with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for the bunker and feeder vessel.

The vessel will serve an increasing number of vessels using LNG as a marine fuel, and would be delivered in February 2017.

Anthony Veder CEO Jan Valkier said: "The use of LNG as a marine fuel is rapidly increasing and there is growing demand for efficient bunker and feeder vessels."

Skangass will operate the ship on a long-term charter upon delivery.

Wärtsilä plans to deliver the equipment next year.

Image: The new 5,800m³ LNG bunker and feeder vessel, being built for Sirius Veder Gas, will be powered by a Wärtsilä propulsion solution. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.