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Thursday, November 22, 2018 

The 1998 fishing vessel Gardar has provided a first retrofit reference for the Wärtsilä 31 engine. The Norwegian owner Gardar AS retrofitted the engine to reduce fuel consumption by 200,000 litres and NOx emissions by over 88t annually.

A 10-cylinder W31 replaced an 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engine in “V” configuration. The vessel was also installed with Wärtsilä NOx Reucer emission after-treatment system with a compact silencer. The propulsion control system has also been upgraded.  

“We are extremely happy to be able to make Gardar more ecologically sound. The investment in retrofitting the vessel will quickly pay itself back in terms of reduced fuel costs and NOx fees. We have been very satisfied with Wärtsilä’s engines and propulsions and consider installing the NOx reducers to two more of our vessels,” said Christian Halstensen, owner and manager of Gardar AS.  

Cato Esperø, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Services, added: “We could not be prouder of this agreement, as it shows responsibility from the customer and gives us the opportunity to contribute to more environmentally sound shipping. At Wärtsilä, we understand that a project like this is an investment financially, but it is also an investment in our future. We warmly support every action that goes beyond just meeting the environmental regulations.” 

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