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Wärtsilä X92 engine to power new CMA-CGM mega ship

The first in a series of mega-class container vessels being built for French shipping giant CMA CGM will be powered by the Wärtsilä X92, low-speed, 2-stroke engine from WinGD.

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction will build the ship, according to the Wärtsilä statement. WinGD, a joint venture between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation, took over Wärtsilä’s 2-stroke engine business in January 2015.

With a cargo capacity of more than 20,000 TEUs, the new ship will be the largest container ship in the CMA CGM fleet, Wärtsilä says.

The Wärtsilä X92 engine chosen to power this huge vessel is the largest of Wärtsilä’s Generation X series of engines. It has a power range from 24,420 to 73,560 kW at 70 to 80 rpm. The low revolutions enable higher ship propulsion efficiency for the large and ultra large vessels the engine is designed for. The engine features low fuel consumption across the entire operating range, thanks to the application of common rail technology.

"As container vessels are getting ever bigger in order to achieve economies of scale, it is essential that the engines and propulsion equipment are developed accordingly so as to achieve the efficiencies needed," said Martin Wernli, CEO of WinGD. "Our successful 2-stroke Generation X engines are evidence of our proven competence and technological leadership and, as a result, we are playing an important role in the large and ultra large container vessel segment."

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