Wärtsilä Gas Solutions will supply cargo handling system for new Italian LNG bunkering vessel, according to a contract booked back in August. The ship is being built at the Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering shipyard in China for the Italian-based shipping group Fratelli Cosulich. We dared to use the words ‘love story’ in our headline thinking about some more orders announced by Wärtsilä in Italy, earlier this year.
Wärtsilä system for the Italian LNG bunkering vessel
The Wärtsilä system selected for the aforementioned bunkering vessel includes a complete engineering, design and equipment supply package for the cargo handling system, including a loading and discharge system, a boil-off gas (BOG) management control and integrated fuel supply system, as well as the custody transfer and bunkering transfer systems. The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered commencing in 2022, and the ship is expected to start commercial operations in 2023. It will probably operate around Italy’s coastline in the Mediterranean Sea.
Statements from Wärtsilä and Fratelli Cosulich
«Developing the LNG infrastructure is a key area for us, and we are very pleased to team up with an experienced and market-leading supplier such as Wartsila Gas Solutions for the design and delivery of the cargo system. We fully trust that their competence will secure a reliable and robust design for us», commented Andrea Cosulich, President at Fratelli Cosulich LNG.
«Our experience in small-scale LNG applications and LNG bunkering design is unmatched, and this latest order endorses Wärtsilä’s position as the market leader in this segment. We are pleased to continue our work in supporting the development of Italy’s LNG fuel supply for shipping, and promoting sustainability throughout the marine industry», said Pål Steinnes, Sales Manager at Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.