October 12, 2015

Wärtsilä 31 engine breaks the ice in Russia

The new vessel will operate in temperatures as low as - 50°C.
The new vessel will operate in temperatures as low as - 50°C.

A total of three Guinness World Record-breaking Wärtsilä 31 engines are to power a state-of-the-art icebreaker, which is currently under construction at the PJSC Vyborg Shipyard in Russia.

Developed by Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä, the engine is the world’s most efficient four-stroke diesel engine.

The ship is being built for FSUE Atomflot, the enterprise of ROSATOM, the State Corporation for Atomic Energy. Once operational, the Aker ARC 124 icebreaker will serve the Yamal LNG project, located northeast of the Yamal peninsular in Sabetta, Russia. The project is one of the largest industrial undertakings in the Arctic.

“This new icebreaker, powered by Wärtsilä 31 engines, will be the most technologically advanced ship of its kind in the whole world,” says FSUE Atomflot first deputy director general – chief engineer Mustafa Kashka. “The Wärtsilä 31 engines will facilitate a significant improvement in vessel operations, making it extremely competitive on the market.”

Fuel efficiency, reliability and operational flexibility all came into play when deciding on the Finnish engine, along with its outstanding performance in extreme environmental conditions. Furthermore, the time required between its service represents a four-fold increase compared with engines of a similar class.

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