MAURITIUS Shipping Corporation is replacing its multi-purpose cargo vessel servicing the Republic of Mauritius and the islands of Reunion, Agalega and Rodriquez.

It has commissioned a fully integrated main propulsion system from Wärtsilä for the new 8200dwt vessel.

“Outstanding fuel economy” and “reliability” were listed as the main factors in the company’s decision to use the Wärtsilä solution, which is to transport goods and passengers.

Any disruption in the service and supplies to these islands can have serious consequences as they depend solely on MSCL for them.

“The customer has made clear that the emphasis must be on optimal efficiency, integration, support, and reliability, all of which are areas where Wärtsilä excels. We have worked closely with MSCL to ensure that our solutions are tailored to their precise requirements,” said Glenn Mattas, regional sales director, Wärtsilä Marine.

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Rishi Ronoowah, CEO, MSCL said,  “We have operated with Wärtsilä main engines since 2001 and have experienced no major breakdowns or disruption to our normal and essential operations during all these years”.

“We are, therefore, very satisfied and in our experience the engines have been extremely reliable, allowing us to enhance our business performance,” Mr Ronoowah said.

The full scope of the integrated supply includes a Wärtsilä 32 main engine, a reduction gear, a controlled-pitch propeller, the Wärtsilä ProTouch remote control system, a transverse thruster, and three Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines.

The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in 2021, and the ship is expected to commence commercial operations in 2022.

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