Skip to main content




Wednesday, November 28, 2018 

Wärtsilä has introduced its first Wärtsilä-branded high-speed engine at the New Orleans International Workboat Show. The Wärtsilä 14 is designed to fit requirements for limited space and weight, lower capital expense, to meet current and future global emissions regulations, and to provide customers with improved efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability.

This new engine is said to foster Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision as the brand continues to offer customers increasingly wider options for meeting specific operational needs. Engineered for versatility, to support a wide range of applications within marine and offshore markets, the Wärtsilä 14 serves both as main propulsion and auxiliary genset and is ideal for hybrid installations. The engine is available in 12- and 16-cylinder configurations, delivering a power output of 755kW to 1340kW in mechanical propulsion, and 675kWe to 1155kWe in auxiliary and diesel-electric configurations. It is aimed at vessels, owners and operators looking for power to weight ratio, fuel-type, efficiency, safety and environmental compliance. Examples of such operating profiles include tugs, fishing vessels, offshore service vessels, small ferries, and the merchant auxiliary market.

Developed in close cooperation with Liebherr, one of the largest construction machine manufacturers  and a leading technology provider for various industry verticals, first deliveries of the Wärtsilä 14 are planned for the latter part of 2019. Liebherr will be responsible for product development, classification and manufacturing of the engines. The new engine type will be backed by Wärtsilä’s global lifecycle support and services network.

“We are very proud of this small but mighty high-speed engine,” said Stefan Wiik, VP Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä, “Because it heralds entry into a new, strategically important market for our brand, it reinforces our global position as leader of fully integrated technologies and hybrid solutions and bears testimony to the tangible benefits of our close cooperation with Liebherr”.

At the same time, Wärtsilä announced its HYTug 40 design and concept. A smaller version of the HYTug launched in 2017 and designed for shallow draught operation, this evolution features two Wärtsilä 14 engines along with a hybrid propulsion solution which deliver various flexible operating settings, including a zero-emissions mode. The HYTug 40 is characterised by low maintenance and operating costs, in full compliance with global environmental regulations. When fitted with a Wärtsilä NOx reduction system, the design comfortably meets IMO Tier III requirements.

Wärtsilä is confident that the Wärtsilä 14 will set a new technological benchmark for both main and auxiliary propulsion solutions in the market, as the bar is set to deliver tangible financial, operational, and environmental benefits – enhancements that are key to achieving and maintaining profitable operations for ship owners and operators worldwide.

Reader Comments (0)

There are currently no comments on this article. Why not be the first and leave your thoughts below.

Leave Your Comment

Please keep your comment on topic, any inappropriate comments may be removed.

Return to index

Web Analytics