The Wärtsilä 34DF, originally introduced in 2008. It is based on the successful Wärtsilä 32 engine platform. In 2013, it was upgraded to provide 11 % more power and increased efficiency without changing the physical dimensions. The improved version has a power output range from 3,000 to 10,000 kW at 500 kW per cylinder.
The three major South Korean Shipbuilders – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.(HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. (SHI) support the use of the upgraded version of the Wärtsilä 34DF . It is soon becoming established as an industry standard. It is of note that the Wärtsilä 34DF engine has achieved an auxiliary application market share of almost 70% in the LNG sector. The Wärtsilä has already bagged 100 orders from all the three major shipyards in South Korea. These orders pertain to ships being built for European, Asian as well as American ship owners.
This impressive track record set in a span of two years speaks of the durability and efficiency of the engine.
Lars Anderson, Vice President, Engine Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions is quoted to have said, “The Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine is a powerful, versatile, and efficient engine that is helping shipping move into the gas age. The impressive track record of 100 engines sold in a two year period speaks for itself. While the success has been universal, with contracts from yards and owners globally, the fact that the world’s largest shipbuilding nation, South Korea, is increasingly opting for the Wärtsilä 34DF is especially gratifying,”.