Wärtsilä to power Brazilian pipe layers

28 Aug 2013
Wärtsilä will provide propulsion systems for six type 550 pipe laying ships, built by IHC Merwerde for deployment in Brazil

Wärtsilä will provide propulsion systems for six type 550 pipe laying ships, built by IHC Merwerde for deployment in Brazil

Wärtsilä has announced an order for propulsion systems for six new offshore pipe laying vessels being built by Dutch company IHC Merwede.

The scope of supply for each ship comprises six Wärtsilä 8L32 engines, two FT300H-D transverse thrusters, two FS1510/MNR retractable thrusters, and three FS2510/NU steerable underwater de-mountable thrusters. According to Wärtsilä, easy changing of the underwater thrusters was an important consideration in this order, as was an ability to meet tight delivery schedules without compromising on quality, reliability and efficiency.

The six 10,800dwt, 145.97m long ships will be deployed in the Brazilian offshore fields on charter to Petrobras, three owned by  Subsea 7, and the other three by Seabras Sapura, a partnership between Sapura Kencana and Seadrill. They are scheduled for delivery in 2015-2016, with the first propulsion package being delivered to the yard in February 2014.

"These are very important orders that underscore Wärtsilä's outstanding reputation for serving the offshore sector with solutions that meet the most demanding expectations. The delivery schedule is challenging, but we have frequently demonstrated that our world class manufacturing and logistics processes can handle fast-track projects such as these," said Aaron Bresnahan, vice president sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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