Wärtsilä providing fuel supply and cargo handling systems for new VLECs

Wärtsilä will be providing fuel supply and cargo handling systems for two new very large ethane carriers (VLECs) being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea, with an option for a third vessel.

The order for these two 98,000 cubic metre (cbm) carriers follows a similar contract awarded in 2019 for three VLECs, also under construction at the SHI shipyard. 

According to Wärtsilä, the VLECs will feature a ‘tailormade’ reliquefaction unit and a ‘unique’ high-pressure ethane fuel supply system. The system also includes Wärtsilä’s latest version of the inhouse developed remote monitoring and diagnosis tool Operim.

‘As the market leader in cargo system designs for VLECs, we are pleased to have been awarded this order. The ships will operate on ethane fuel, so the design of the cargo handling system is very specialised. We have a well-proven track record in delivering highly efficient solutions for these kinds of projects,’ said Kjell Ove Ulstein, Sales and Marketing Director in Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor