Wärtsilä contracts for Kleven PSV newbuilds
Wärtsilä reports that it has been contracted to supply the ship designs for three new platform supply vessels to be built in Norway by Kleven Maritime AS, two for Atlantic Offshore and the other for Remøy Shipping.
The two PSVs for Atlantic Offshore will also feature Wärtsilä power and propulsion, electrical and automation systems, including the patented Wärtsilä Low Loss Concept (LLC). The highly redundant diesel-electric system is claimed to provide additional reliability for continuous operation in various failure modes. The vessels will attain the highest possible environmental rating number (ERN) of 184.108.40.206, representing their capacity to maintain position and normal operations in certain weather conditions. The integrated automation system will include the Wärtsilä ECOmeter, which allows the operator to optimise fuel consumption, and can be used for track planning, as well as ensuring efficient running of the generators. The vessels are specified to meet the strictest IMO NOx emissions requirements. The Atlantic Offshore vessels are based on Wärtsilä Ship Design VS485 format, and are 90.4m in length. The LNG PSV for Remøy Shipping is a Wärtsilä Ship Design VS4412 DF PSV design, and is 92.5m long.
Wärtsilä's equipment deliveries will begin in autumn 2013, and all three vessels are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2014.
Statoil will charter the PSVs to support its operations on the Norwegian continental shelf, and the Wärtsilä designs have been tailored to meet conditions in the North Sea. The designs also accommodate the specific fuel economy and cargo capacity requirements of the owners and operator.
The Remøy Shipping owned PSV will operate on LNG, and is the eighth LNG PSV to be built based on Wärtsilä designs.
"This significant order speaks highly of Wärtsilä's design capabilities, which are based on the company's deep experience and broad know-how. The original tender was for seven vessels, and of those, only one was for an LNG fuelled PSV, which Wärtsilä Ship Design was selected for. All in all, Wärtsilä Ship Design won orders for three vessels, which represent a large part of the total order. We are delighted that our proposals were judged to be appropriate and competitive, and that our tenders have been successful," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president Wärtsilä Ship Design.
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