(EnergyAsia, June 13 2011, Monday) — Wartsila, the Finland-based marine industry solutions provider, said it has signed a contract with Nam Cheong Dockyard of Miri City in Malaysia to build a Wartsila Ship Design (WSD) multi-purpose platform supply vessel (MPSV) for use in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The WSD 800 MPSV vessel is the first in a new series of Wartsila designs being marketed as a total solution.

Comprising four gensets, the vessel will produce more than 6 MW of electric power to be distributed through Wartsila’s patented low-loss concept for diesel electric propulsion to two Wartsila-designed main azimuth steerable thrusters aft, and two tunnel thrusters forward, to supply electricity onboard. The WSD 800 MPSV has an overall length of 81.6 metres, a beam of 18.4 metres, and a summer draught of 6.8 metres.

To be launched and commissioned next year by Bumi Armada, the largest owner and operator of offshore support vessels in Malaysia, the vessel includes a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) mezzanine deck, crane, and an 800-square metre deck area.

Wartsila 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.