(EnergyAsia, July 6 2012, Friday) — Wartsila, the Finland-based marine solutions and services provider, said it has received an order to supply fully integrated power generation and propulsion packages for three vessels being built for Pacific Radiance Ltd, a Singapore-based company specialising in offshore service activities.
Wartsila said its packages will help meet Pacific Radiance’s requirements to improve operational efficiency and fuel consumption, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emission levels.
Two 86-metre platform supply vessels (PSV) will be built at the Huang Pu shipyard in China, while a hybrid anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel with more than 210-ton bollard pull (TBP) will be constructed at the Zhenjiang shipyard.
Wartsila will supply four 6-cylinder in-line main engines, thrusters, and the electrical and automation systems for the two PSVs, and two 6-cylinder in-line main engines, two generating sets based on 6-cylinder in-line engines, two controllable pitch propellers, thrusters, and the electrical and automation systems for the AHTS.
The PSVs will utilise the Finnish company’s low loss concept (LLC) power distribution system for electric propulsion applications. These will be the first vessels built in China to install the LLC system.
Wartsila said it expects to deliver its packages of equipment next year in time for the vessels to be completed and delivered to Pacific Radiance in the first half of 2014.
BH Lau, chief operating officer of Pacific Radiance Ltd, said:
“The Wartsila LLC system incorporates high redundancy, high efficiency, and fuel economy for the entire electric propulsion application. The design of the 690V switchboard and power distribution system gives less single failure consequences and more available power, better operability, and safety during the vessels’ dynamically positioned (DP) mode.
“The company’s extensive after sales support was another key factor in selecting Wartsila for these newbuild projects.”
Magnus Miemois, Wartsila’s vice president (ship power, offshore), said:
“The Wartsila hybrid propulsion system is designed to minimise the total installed power and to create efficient propulsion throughout the entire operating profile of the vessel.
“The hybrid solution results in fuel cost savings and reduced levels of exhaust emissions, both of which are key market requirements.”
“By opting for complete integrated solutions for these vessels, the customer benefits in several ways. The fully integrated power generation and propulsion systems ensure optimal performance, while having a single point of contact for the entire systems not only reduces the completion risks, but notably enhances efficiency throughout these complex projects.”