OREANDA-NEWS The Russian authorities have begun discussing the creation of a site in the country for the production of low—speed marine engines with a capacity of 10-12 megawatts, which are needed for large-tonnage bulk carriers, gas carriers, tankers, container ships. Previously, such engines were purchased abroad, but now, due to sanctions, such an opportunity cannot be found, Kommersant writes.

According to sources, Sinara may become a partner of the state in the project. It is assumed that by the end of the year the company will create an engineering center and begin development.

Before the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, Russian shipyards purchased low-speed engines for large-tonnage vessels from the German company MAN, the Swiss WINGD, the Japanese Japan Engine Corporation and the Finnish Wartsila. There are no domestic analogues of imported products, enterprises produce only engines with a capacity of up to 7.5 megawatts.

This category of imports will not be closed with the help of China. The interlocutor of the publication clarified that Chinese factories assemble engines under licenses from unfriendly countries and import key components from there.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, by 2040 Russia should build at least 270 large-tonnage vessels, they will require 414 low-speed marine engines with a capacity of over 10 megawatts. Sinara promises to create the first samples of Russian engines in five years.

Nadezhda Malysheva from PortNews confirmed that five years is the minimum that research and testing can take. At the same time, she doubted that engines with a capacity of up to 12 megawatts would be enough for large gas carriers, although she did not rule out that two cars would be put on ships. However, the expert called the main problem the shortage of capacity for the construction of a large-tonnage fleet. According to her, if new shipyards are not created, even the manufactured engines will remain in warehouses.

At the end of January, it became known that Russia had sharply reduced plans for the construction of ships. At first, after the imposition of sanctions, it was said about the release of 1101 vessels in the period up to 2035. In April 2023, Boris Kabakov, at that time director of the Department of Shipbuilding Industry and Marine Technology of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, already said that the plan provides for the production of 985 ships.

However, at the end of January, the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) announced its readiness to build only 589 ships. Meanwhile, so far, USC has not released a single large-capacity gas carrier or tanker.