Wärtsilä will supply the engines for two new pusher tugs under construction for the Brazilian operator Hidrovias do Brasil at the Uzmar shipyard in Turkey. There is an option for two additional ships. Hidrovias’ fleet already includes a number of vessels running Wärtsilä engines, and their operational reliability and competitive life cycle cost were cited as key considerations in the award of this latest contract, which was signed. in the second quarter of 2021.
The new 46 m long tugs were designed by Canadian naval architects and engineers Robert Allan. The ships will operate along the rivers of northern Brazil, often in remote locations and in difficult operating conditions. The reliability and efficiency of the engines are therefore of paramount importance.
“As one of the largest providers of integrated logistics solutions in the Northern Corridor, this project is important for the growth and strengthening of our business. We are always looking for partners capable of ensuring efficiency, sustainability and reliability. Wärtsilä was the best choice for this project, ”said Mariana Yoshioka, director of engineering, innovation and operational planning. in Hidrovias do Brasil.
“We are pleased to have once again been selected as a major supplier to the Hidrovias fleet. We have established a very strong relationship with the customer, and our track record with previous engine deliveries clearly led to this last order, ”said Mário Barbosa, Senior Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.
The Wärtsilä scope of supply includes three Wärtsilä 20 engines for each of the two vessels. The engines are expected to be delivered to the yard later this year. Hidrovias already has 12 successful pusher tugs operating with Wärtsilä 20 engines.