Wärtsilä power and ship design for harsh conditions

03 Apr 2014
Rendering of Wärtsilä VS 485 Arctic ship design for REM Offshore PSV

Rendering of Wärtsilä VS 485 Arctic ship design for REM Offshore PSV

Wärtsilä has announced a contract for design and power for a new platform supply vessel for operating in arctic conditions.

The company says that this is the first confirmed contract for Wärtsilä Ship Design's new series of arctic PSVs. The contract includes an integrated package that includes machinery, electrical and automation systems, including Wärtsilä’s LLC redundant diesel-electric system, powered by four 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 in-line engines.

The 87.22m long, 5,000dwt ship will be built at the Kleven yard in Norway for Norwegian owner REM Offshore, and is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015. It will be based on the Wärtsilä Ship Design VS 485 concept, strengthened and equipped for arctic operations, with the hull and propulsion complying with DNV ice class ICE 1B. The vessel will be readied for cold climate conditions according to the DNV class Winterized Basic guidelines, intended to maintain safety and vessel operability at low temperatures.

The LLC system will enable it to attain an ERN of 99.99.99; Wärtsilä says this is the highest possible, and it claims to be first supplier capable of providing this ERN.

"Wärtsilä's unique position as a total solutions provider to the marine sector has again been endorsed with this contract calling for both the ship design, and a comprehensive power solution. This significant order takes us a step further towards our goal of becoming a leading player in the market for ice class vessels," said Magnus Miemois, vice president solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

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