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Staying Thawed In The Arctic

Wärtsilä designing, powering PSV for cold operation

Posted on April 4, 2014

Wärtsilä is designing and supplying power equipment for a new platform supply vessel (PSV) to be built for operating in arctic conditions. This is the first confirmed contract for Wärtsilä Ship Design’s new series of arctic PSVs.

Wärtsilä will also supply an integrated package that includes machinery, as well as the electrical and automation systems, including its own Low Loss Concept (LLC). The LLC is a highly redundant diesel-electric system that provides additional reliability for continuous operation in various failure modes.

The contracts with Kleven Verft AS were signed in January 2014. The ship will be built at the Kleven yard in Norway on behalf of REM Offshore AS, the Norwegian fleet owner. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015, and will feature the latest developments of Wärtsilä Ship Design’s VS 485 design.

The ship will be strengthened and equipped for arctic operations, with the hull and propulsion fitted to comply with DNV ice class ICE 1B. This verifies that the vessel has sufficient strength, power, and equipment to operate in arctic conditions.