Design and diesel electric system package ordered for Malaysian PSV

21 Apr 2011

Wärtsilä has signed a contract with Nam Cheong Dockyard of Miri, Malaysia, which will build a Wärtsilä Ship Design (WSD) multi-purpose platform supply vessel (MPSV) with diesel-electric propulsion.

The company says that this WSD 800 MPSV is the first in a new series of its designs being marketed as a total solution, including all relevant systems as well as the ship design. The ‘total solution concept’ of the WSD 800 MPSV design includes four gensets. These produce over 6MW of electric power, which is in turn distributed via Wärtsilä's patented Low Loss Concept for diesel electric propulsion, to two Wärtsilä main azimuth steerable thrusters aft, and two tunnel thrusters forward, and to provide all necessary electric power onboard. The WSD 800 MPSV has an overall length of 81.6m, beam of 18.4m, and a summer draught of 6.8m.

The vessel, which is scheduled to be launched and commissioned by the autumn 2012, will be owned by Bumi Armada, the largest owner and operator of offshore support vessels in Malaysia. It will serve the region's offshore oil industry, and its design includes a Remote Operated Vehicle mezzanine deck, crane, and a large 800 m² deck area.

Wärtsilä says that it provides a variety of ship designs for merchant, offshore and special vessels to both ship owners and shipyards. Its offering covers the full range of ship design disciplines, including naval architecture, as well as structural, electrical, outfitting mechanical and piping engineering. The offering ranges from simple, low cost, proven standard designs, often with a full equipment package, to advanced customized designs based on client-specific requirements.

Wärtsilä has put extensive focus on the development of ship design during recent years, including maximising the efficiency of hull lines, integrating the latest equipment technologies, and tailoring designs to meet operational profiles. This total solution approach was a major factor in Wärtsilä being awarded this contract. The design also supports the shipyard's requirements for seamless construction in co-operation with a single supplier.

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