Drydocks World (DDW) has ordered the full Wärtsilä package for its new harbour tug, which will be the first in the Middle East to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The 29 metre long tug is the first of nine vessels to be constructed and managed by DDW as part of a ‘green’ initiative organised by the Dubai government.
Wärtsilä will provide a full scope of solutions for the tug including the ship design, two 9-cylinder 20DF dual-fuel engines, steerable thrusters, compact thrusters, automation equipment and the LNGPac system.
“We are happy to work with Wärtsilä to promote a green image for our harbour work. Wärtsilä is a solution provider with vast experience and expertise in gas fuel systems. The company has a strong local presence and is capable of providing the support needed,” says Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman DDW.
Ibrahim Behairy, sales director, Middle East, Wärtsilä Ship Power added: “The shift towards the use of LNG fuel is building up speed across the world. We at Wärtsilä feel proud that we have been at the forefront of this movement, first through the development of dual-fuel engine technology, and then by developing a full range of integrated solutions serving the complete gas value chain. This will be the first harbour tug in the Middle East to operate on gas, which indicates the growing importance of environmental issues everywhere.”