First ‘Dragon’ Class LNG Vessel Featuring Wärtsilä Engine
The first in a series of ‘Dragon’ class vessels ordered by Evergas, an owner and operator of seaborne petrochemical and liquid gas transport vessels, is being delivered from the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE) shipyard in China. The vessel features a comprehensive Wärtsilä solutions package, including two Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, Wärtsilä propulsion equipment including the gearbox, two Wärtsilä 20DF auxiliary generating sets, a Wärtsilä LNG fuel system and a Wärtsilä cargo handling system.
The ‘Dragon’ class ships are to be chartered by INEOS Europe for the transportation of ethane to Europe from the Mariner East project in the US. The carriers are purpose built for the transportation of ethane, although they can carry a wide range of petrochemical gases, including propane and LNG.
The Dragon class vessels are 591 ft. long and 87 ft. wide. They represent the largest ethane carriers in their class in the world.