Wärtsilä Unveils Upgraded Tanker Design
Wärtsilä has launched its SK 5054 MkII ship design, a further development and upgraded version of the SK 5054 design. The launch of the new chemical and oil products tanker design will take place at the Wärtsilä stand in Hall A4, Booth 305 at the SMM conference and exhibition in Hamburg, Germany.
The Wärtsilä SK 5054 ship design has been used for more than 60 vessels already built and in operation. The new design facilitates the use of gas as a marine fuel, thereby making it especially applicable to ships that will operate within emission control areas (ECAs).
This new design offers a 12% increase in energy efficiency over the original SK 5054 design. Other notable features include lower operational costs, an efficient cargo handling arrangement with minimised ballast capacity, an emphasis on ease of maintenance, and a strong focus on crew safety, says the company in its release. The design also implements Wärtsilä’s LNG fuel technology.
“The SK 5054 MkII design effectively raises the bar in terms of innovative designs that emphasise operational efficiency and environmental sustainability. In further improving an established and successful design to make it even better, we are meeting the needs of our customers for the challenges that the industry faces today, and at the same time, helping to take merchant shipping into the gas age,” said Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Design.