DSIC and Wärtsilä to design shuttle tanker

DSIC and Wärtsilä will design a shuttle tanker in response to anticipated demand for newbuild ships in the sector DSIC and Wärtsilä will design a shuttle tanker in response to anticipated demand for newbuild ships in the sector

Technology group Wärtsilä and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) have agreed to develop a preliminary production level design for a 127,000dwt shuttle tanker.

The joint industry project – with classification support from DNV GL - is intended to generate a design with a dynamic positioning (DP) system. A ready and approved design for owners to purchase will significantly reduce the building period.

The 127,000dwt shuttle tanker design is targeted for operation in the North Sea and on the Norwegian Continent Shelf. The design features DP2 capacity and a twin propulsion system, and is already in compliance with Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 regulations.

Liu Wenmin, senior expert, DSIC, said: "This project is based on market demand forecasts for the future and we are fortunate to have Wärtsilä as a partner. Their technological know-how and vast industry experience will make an invaluable contribution to the success of this project.”

Wärtsilä will provide technical design support for the project. This will include developing an optimised propulsion and thruster solution and machinery with an electric configuration for the vessel's DP control system.

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