VGP compliance for Wärtsilä; BP & Sinopec sign Singapore JV

Wärtsilä has modified its propulsion systems to be VGP-2013 compliant.

Developing various elements, including the seals, hydraulics and oil monitoring systems, the Finnish company's latest ships meets the Vessel General Permit (VGP-2013) for US waters and is capable of operating with Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).

Part of the compliance process has been adapting full hydraulic systems and understanding the impact of EAL compliance on seals.

BigRoll MC Class module carriers

BigRoll MC Class moduel carriers Image: Wärtsilä

Fitted to four BigRoll MC Class module carriers currently under construction, Wärtsilä's propulsion equipment will include the company-designed main engines, tunnel thrusters (WTT) and controllable pitch propeller systems (WCPs).

Meanwhile, Sinopec Fuel Oil and BP will form a 50:50 joint venture, BP Sinopec Marine Fuels Pte Ltd, to cater for growing demand in Singapore, one of the largest and busiest ports in the world. The joint venture, set up in Singapore, will capitalise on the companies' existing facilities in the region and will also support marine bunker sales in key global locations.