Most Modern Icebreaker To Use Wärtsilä 31 Engines

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Guinness World Records have acknowledged Wärtsilä 31 engine as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine.  It will power a state-of-the-art new generation icebreaker being built on behalf of FSUE Atomflot, of ROSATOM, the State Corporation for Atomic Energy.

The order was signed in September.  This new icebreaker, powered by Wärtsilä 31 engines, will be the most technologically advanced ship of its kind in the whole world,” noted FSUE Atomflot First Deputy Director General – Chief Engineer Mustafa Kashka.

Wärtsilä 31 was chosen because of the following reasons:

  1. Fuel efficiency
  2. Reliability and credibility
  3. Operational flexibility
  4. Outstanding performance in extreme environmental conditions.
  5. Online monitoring of the engines
  6. Low maintenance cost because the first major service required by the Wärtsilä 31 comes only after 8000 running hours (compared to 2000 running hours for engines of a similar class).
  7. A four-fold extension of normal maintenance intervals

The icebreaker will serve the Yamal LNG project in Sabetta, located northeast of the Yamal peninsular in Russia, a largest industrial undertakings in the Arctic in temperatures as low as minus 50°C.  The Wärtsilä 31 engines will facilitate a significant improvement in vessel operations, making it extremely competitive on the market.  

“The  Aker ARC 124 will be the most efficient modern domestic vessels operating in Arctic waters,” says Alexander Solovyev, General Director of PJSC Vyborg Shipyard.

Source: Wärtsilä