Efficient propulsion systems for anchor handling support ships
Wärtsilä has provided both the basic design and the high-efficiency integrated propulsion systems for two new AHTS type vessels being built at the Colombo Dockyard in Sri Lanka.
The propulsion system selected for the 78m long, 150t bollard pull vessels will feature a Wärtsilä 9L32 main engine operating on MDO. Wartsila is also supplying the CP propeller system and tunnel thrusters, all of which will be fully integrated to ensure maximum efficiency with low fuel consumption while achieving the specified bollard pull. The contract with the shipyard includes an option for two further ships.
"Wärtsilä's world class ship design and industry leading capability to offer fully integrated solutions adds significant customer value by ensuring optimal total operating efficiency. Our unique total solution offering, encompassing both ship design and an integrated propulsion system, was a key factor in the award of this important contract. Furthermore, our ability to meet the demanding time schedule for delivery was important to the customer, as was our global service network support," says Mr Sanjay Verma, area sales director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
"We are confident that Wärtsilä has the experience and technical know-how to meet our demand for an optimal design with reliability and guaranteed performance. By integrating the various components of the propulsion system, Wärtsilä can reduce the number of interfaces, which saves building time and costs," says Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe, general manager projects and engineering, Colombo Dockyard.
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